Customer Reviews for TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Location: from Fremont, CA
January 19, 2010
difficult to use
The rating is NOT for the concerto itself, but for the usability of this music-minus-one. I have tried the first movement with the CD, and it is difficult to match the tempo. I listened to the orchestra with soloist track, and there are places where the playing is slow, and then somehow it gets much faster, as if the soloist is trying to catch up with the orchestra. No wonder it was crazy when I tried to play along. This agrees with what another reviewer said.
17 of 41 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Montréal, Qc
March 4, 2008
I resently saw this concerto performed by James Ehnes with the OSM and it was really good. People stood up to applaud after the first mvt because they liked it so much. If you have the time and talent to learn this it is an absolute must!!!
22 of 48 people found this review helpful.
June 26, 2007
Difficult to use
I was looking forward to using this Tchaikovsky Concerto CD, but was disappointed to find the tempos so very slow. The recording of soloist with orchestra is undertempo, which would make it a valuable asset if one was just beginning to learn the notes, but for a violinist who knows the concerto well,it was rather dull and boring. There are other concertos that would likely work well with the orchestra separately format for playing along, but the Tchaikovsky concerto has too many places that require rubato to make it practical. I found this slow version of the orchestra accompaniment frustrating and a hindrance to the musical nature of this piece.
21 of 40 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Indianapolis, IN
April 22, 2006
When this piece was first played, a famous music critic tore this piece to shreads. Tchaikovsky took this to heart and will never forget this experiece. However, this is by far one of the top pieces on the violin repetoire (along with Brahms, Korngold, and others). Also, I think anyone who would say such a terrible thing about this piece thinks music is supposed to only be beutiful, and never technical. This piece isn't unplayable, it just takes time to learn.
19 of 41 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Norcross, GA
November 6, 2001
The best first movement of all
'Tis my soul tune. I know ya'll be laughing at me, but I think from this piece I started to love Tchaikovksy. Even his piano concerto doesn't produce this much ferver and affection on me.
22 of 44 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Memphis, TN
September 18, 2001
I am not actually a violinist. I'm a violist (and proud of it!). To me the violin can't compare with the viola when it comes to sound. But I love its concerto's (I have nothing against the violin). This violin concerto is amazing if it can be played well. I have it on CD and I listen to it all the time. I highly suggest you buy it.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.