2012 Violinist.com Tournament, Round 3, Day 2: Sibelius vs. Tchaikovsky
March 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM
It's the last day before the final round in our Violin Concerto Tournament, and today we decide which concerto will go up against the Beethoven Concerto. Will it be the Sibelius or the Tchaikovsky?
This is a actually a pretty tough contest: two very lyrical, popular pieces, both by composers who were a bit less absolutist than, say, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach or Mozart. While they are both well-crafted, they are more emotional than intellectual. Which will it be?
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto vs. Sibelius Violin Concerto
Benjamin Beilman's plays the first movement of the Sibelius during the final round of the "Montreal International Musical Competition":
Josh Bell plays the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto like it's an old friend, nailing every thing along the way (2010 performance, with the? Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo conducting the Gala Concert during the Nobel Prize Ceremonies):
When this tournament started I was afraid I'd end up having to choose between these two. I won't say which I voted for because I'm kicking myself for betraying the other. Of course, if I chose the other I'd be kicking myself for betraying the one I did choose.
Julio, I don't know. I think you'd turn more heads if you walked into a room wearing Sibelius' jacket.
Strange though, because a few people I know that really like Hilary's playing dislike her Sibelius from the CD. I'm okay with it either way, but that's still interesting.
From Paul Deck
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I like Hahn's Sibelius (although I like her Schoenberg even more). I wonder if some of the remarks about her Sibelius come from a bias about Hahn that she is a Bach specialist, which seems consistent with her somewhat nerdy persona and no-nonsense stage demeanor. Slowly but surely (and actually not that slowly) she is recording the entire repertoire and I haven't heard anything yet that I didn't like. And for that matter I don't think her Bach is all that special. I like Janine Jansen's D Minor Partita better, and I still adore Grumiaux and Menuhin. Hahn is a very fine violinist with the ability to play well anything that comes her way.
From Gene Huang
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM
ARGH! There goes my perfect bracket. Well played, Sibelius, well played...
From Paul Deck
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 3:59 PM
It's not over, Gene. A 2% margin over 400 votes is less than ten votes. Send messages to your friends!
I don't particularly care for Hahn's Sibelius either. I find it somewhat cold (but not in that good Sibeliusian(?) cold way). I do love the Schoenberg on the same disc through. Theres a great video of Shlomo Mintz playing the Sibelius out there that I found very unique. Hes so underrated for some reason, but his Prokofiev recordings on DG are the best in my opinion.
From Terry Hsu
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 4:39 PM
We should have bracket results posted somewhere as well. It would be fun to see how one is doing compared with others. I for one have no hope of winning "the bag." :)
From Gene Huang
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM
Is it over now? I see Tchaik closed the gap to within 3 (through no action on my part), but came up just short...