April 2011

David Nadien: Brahms and Tchaikovsky

April 13, 2011 00:50

 Here is some very good news for David Nadien fans: Cembal D'amor has released the Brahms Concerto and the Double as well. The cellist in the Double is Leonard Rose. No one displaces the sainted Menuhin in the Concerto, but if you want blazing virtuosity, Nadien's your man. Speaking of stunning virtuosity, if you listen to Nadien's live performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein (arguably the best Tchaiskovsky of them all), there is a bonus in the cadenza. After an early run, you can hear a dim cry of astonishment from an audience member, and after a spectacular run in fingered octaves, there is a chorus of similar cries. It was this performance that led Time magazine to call Nadien "a musical giant". With regard to the Double, Rose plays with considerable humanity. It's very interesting to compare his playing in the opening of the third movement with Nadien's. Rose is straightforward; Nadien is incredibly nuanced.

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