The brilliant young violinist Chloë Hanslip has recorded another volume of Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series, and displays her usual insouciant virtuosity and obvious delight in the music.
Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, written for Leopold Auer, is a masterpiece of violin writing, including a brilliantly effective cadenza by the composer himself. As Hans Keller wrote, ‘Glazunov created an almost perfect concerto—instrumentally, the best I know amongst pianists’ violin concertos’.
Swiss composer Othmar Schoek is probably best known for his Lieder. His Concerto quasi una fantasia in B flat major, Op 21, for violin and full orchestra is his most substantial concert work. The lyric passion and attractiveness of the work’s ideas earn it a distinguished place among the violin concertos of the immediate pre-World War I period.
Hanslip gives a most convincing performance; her unobtrusive musicianship, with subtle variations in tone to match the emotional colour of each phrase, is admirably suited to the music's refined expressiveness...Hanslip is also persuasive in the Glazunov Concerto. Gramophone
[Hanslip] plays adeptly and intelligently throughout...[her] fresh-minted and engrossing account [of the Schoeck] is delivered with obvious affection for the music and her performance, more strongly idiomatic than that of the Glazunov, should win this underrated piece many new friends. Int. Record Review
though Hanslip has a persuasively rich, dark tone for the opening melancholy [of the Glazunov], the dynamic nuancing falls a little by the wayside...Hanslip's polished directness and a flawless recording keep [the Schoeck] handsome. BBC ***