Christian Ferras: The SWR Recordings

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Christian Ferras will most likely be remembered as the violinist who was filmed shedding tears at the end of the slow movement of Sibelius’s Concerto in 1965, and who, after a dramatic downturn in his career, took his own life at the age of 49. And, of course, as the child prodigy from the French provinces who became – at the height of his fame – Herbert von Karajan’s favorite violinist.

His artistic personality was shaped by his utter, though humble, devotion to the music, demonstrated by his appropriate yet lively tone, elegant bowing, effervescent, energetic fingering and considered phrasing. The recordings of Christian Ferras with pianist Pierre Barbizet are of the utmost importance, with the musicians forming an inimitable partnership. The concertos in this collection showcase the violinist as a captivating soloist – Müller-Kray follows his every move in the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with dynamic sensitivity, Gielen’s analytical expertise within the Berg is unrivalled and Ferras’s partnership with Blomstedt results in a profound interpretation of the Brahms.

REVIEW:

Ferras had a chameleon facility of adapting his style and affect to the composer in hand, a quality most noticeable when we move from the overtly assertive Kreutzer to the dreamy, ethereal little Debussy sonata, to the wild, Romany Ravel display piece, whose recording is notably vivid.... Ferras was a champion of modern, contemporary music and considered himself to be a student of the Romanian composer and the pair’s empathy with this strange, haunting music is not in doubt. Schumann’s powerful, impassioned Violin Sonata No. 2 was premiered by Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim – who rated it very highly - and it is easy to hear its influence over Brahms. Its performance here is masterly.

-- MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 10, 2022


  • Catalog Number: SWR19114CD


  • UPC: 747313911486


  • Label: SWR Music


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Performer: Christian Ferras



Works:


  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin), Pierre Barbizet (Piano)


  2. Violin Sonata in G Minor

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin), Pierre Barbizet (Piano)


  3. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin), Pierre Barbizet (Piano)


  4. Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25, "Dans le caractère populaire roumain"

    Composer: George Enescu

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin), Pierre Barbizet (Piano)


  5. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin), Pierre Barbizet (Piano)


  6. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)

    Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray


  7. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35

    Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Ensemble: SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)

    Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray


  8. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Ensemble: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)

    Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt


  9. Violin Concerto

    Composer: Alban Berg

    Ensemble: SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

    Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)

    Conductor: Michael Gielen