Frank Peter Zimmermann - Sibelius: Violin Concerto, The Bard, The Wood Nymph (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:57 | 271 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE 1147-2
Frank Peter Zimmermann offers a fresh and exciting view of the Violin Concerto, less sentimental than some, with swift tempos and a dazzlingly swift finale. He phrasing is sometimes a touch angular, particularly in the first movement, and this usually works well, putting an arresting slant on tunes we feel we've heard a million times before. Only the very opening misfires a bit: yes, it's marked mezzo-forte, but it's also marked "dolce ed espressivo", and Zimmermann's somewhat wiry tone is neither.