BEETHOVEN: VI­O­LIN CON­CERTO; PÖSSINGER: VI­O­LIN CON­CERTO

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Anton Steck (vi­o­lin), L’arpa fes­tante/Matthew Halls Ac­cent ACC 24320 ★★★ Ger­man vi­o­lin­ist Anton Steck couples the Beethoven Vi­o­lin Con­certo with a work by the lit­tle-known vi­o­lin­ist and com­poser Franz Alexan­der Pössinger, who ap­pears to have been in­volved in edit­ing the vi­o­lin part of the Beethoven con­certo. The CD’s main in­ter­est is not Pössinger’s mu­sic, but Steck’s use of al­ter­na­tive read­ings for the solo line in the Beethoven. He chooses vir­tu­osi­cally in­clined op­tions, and of­ten plays in a style to match. The changes in char­ac­ter are less a mat­ter of speed than of at­ti­tude. Conductor Matthew Halls en­cour­ages im­pres­sively vivid colours from L’arpa fes­tante’s pe­riod in­stru­ments. If the work has ever seemed too serene for you, Steck’s your man.

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