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THE GREAT VIOLINS, vol. 2 - NICCOLÒ AMATI, 1647
AN OLE BULL SALON CONCERT
PETER SHEPPARD SKÆRVED / RODERICK CHADWICK

The second installment of our new, ambitious project of enormous musical and historic importance: to record works on many of the world's most valuable, historic and revered instruments. In some cases there will actually be first recordings of major works newly discovered ...here we present the beloved 'Pearl' of legendary Norwegian violinist Ole Bull in a reconstruction of a typical Salon Concert, by which Bull found fame around Europe and in the USA. Transport yourself back to the early years of the 20th century ...

This series is supported by the Royal Academy of Music, London; the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and several other fine institutions (and private collectors) whose assistance in providing recording facilities and in allowing access to these wonderful instruments makes this undertaking possible.


CD DURATION:  63:16

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Edvard Grieg: Digterens Hjerte



dealer release date: 8 July, 2016

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CD program:
* with Roderick Chadwick, piano:
other tracks are for violin solo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301 *
Torgeir Augundsson:
Bruremarsj
Charles Gounod:
Méditation sur le Premier Prelude by Bach *
(the tune of 'Ave Maria')
Edvard Grieg:
Digterens Hjerte *
Gaetano Braga:
La Serenata ('Angel Serenade') *
Anders Heyerdahl:
Nissespel, Op. 11
Ole Bull:
Siciliana for Mikhail Glinka
Quartetto per un violino solo
Guitar-Serenade
Aurora *
2 Springdandser
Hallinger No. 2
Fanitullen
Et Sæterbesøg *
American Fantasy (compiled by PSS)
review extracts: for full reviews click here
“The sound [of the 1647 Amati] is powerful, but also round and mellow and beautiful, the violin captures perfectly the masterpiece that is the Mozart Sonata in G major K. 301. But it is the rest of the program, similar to what Ole Bull usually presented in his musical soirées, which shows fully what this Amati is capable of ... a unique, fascinating, seductive timbre . Peter Sheppard Skærved is not far behind [Bull], as his technique and his musicality allow him to extract from the violin every nuance and harmonious phrase. This is a record that will please all those who love the violin.” – Andrea Bedetti (Music Voice, Italy)

“Fascinating and absorbing ... Skærved has recreated one of Bull's historical recitals and presented it ‘as it would have been': mainly works that would not be found in many concert programmes today, but back in the mid-1800s it would have been an amazingly popular and innovative choice. I was impressed by the sound quality of this CD. Every note was clear: the tone of this historical violin is displayed and played to perfection and the piano (where used) is in ideal balance. Enthusiasts of historical violins will be eagerly awaiting succeeding volumes of this most worthy and enjoyable project.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“ This CD is presented as a salon concert, and has the qualities one would expect of such a concert: a more intimate feel but also playing of the very highest standard. . Overall, the CD is a delight — playful, accessible and entertaining — with Skærved joined by Roderick Chadwick on piano.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“Skærved and the violin sound magnificently rich... expressively soaring peroration. Irresistible. Strongly recommended across the board.” - Robert Maxham (Fanfare)

“I was very interested when this arrived. This release is an interesting exploration of music that was or might have been played by one of the great romantic artists on one of his prized violins. The Amati is obviously excellent and sounds fine on all strings and all registers. It is good to be able to hear it again playing the music that so many heard from it when it was played by its greatest owner.” - Joseph Magil (American Record Guide)