GP Life: Classical CD of the month

Name: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77, Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Artists: Julia Fischer, violin, Daniel Muller-Schott, cello, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Yakov Kreizberg

Label: Pentatone

OK, enough now of hailing Julia Fischer as a young artist of note. Regardless of her age, this stunning disc confirms her as one of the world's leading musicians. Some listeners will have found that already with her previous release, of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, but here even more she utterly convinces with sheer musical charisma as much as her considered interpretation.

This is an outstanding disc, says reviewer Edward Greenfield. He explains: 'Now well in her stride as a recording artist, German violinist Julia Fischer offers this ideal Brahms coupling in strong and sympathetic readings, joined in the Double Concerto by her brilliant young compatriot cellist, Daniel Muller-Schott. In the Violin Concerto, Fischer takes an expansive view of the first movement, freely varying the tempo as she did in her outstanding version of the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

'Her performance never feels self-conscious or too studied and her range of tone and dynamic is extreme, bringing pianissimi of breathtaking delicacy.

In the finale she lets the tempo relax just enough to allow a persuasive spring in the rhythms, bringing out the Hungarian dance flavour.'

In all, a fabulous disc, which repays playing again and again. Actually, you probably won't be able to help yourself.

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