Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53; Romance in F minor, Op 11; Suk: Fantasy, Op 24

Reviewed on Tue 17 May, 2016

Christian Tetzlaff's personable account of the Dvořák concerto – in which John Storgårds and a superbly alert Helsinki PO play their full part – effortlessly held my attention throughout in its delectable poise, tumbling fantasy and urgent expression.

Hamburg-born virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff brings a stylish composure, recreative flair and generosity of spirit to everything he does, and his personable account of the Dvořák concerto – in which John Storgårds and a superbly alert Helsinki PO play their full part – effortlessly held my attention throughout in its delectable poise, tumbling fantasy and urgent expression. After an opening movement of athletic sweep and sinewy purpose, the central Adagio ma non troppo distils all the rapt poetry one could wish, while the joyous finale bounces along with infectious rhythmic snap. It's a wholly compelling performance, and framed here by lovingly atmospheric and infectiously communicative readings of the charming Romance and the sparky, characteristically big-hearted 23-minute Fantasy by Dvořák's son-in-law, Josef Suk. I can report that the Ondine engineers have secured sound of agreeable warmth and striking range – and a most judicious balance, too. You really can't go wrong with this classy release.
–Andrew Achenbach