Originally published on May 15

I probably don’t need to specify that the Bruch is the First of his three Violin Concertos (and there are at least two other new recordings of it at this time competing for attention). Suffice to say that Randall Goosby plays it with distinction and finesse, feeling no need to do anything that would mark his performance out as consciously different, which is to his credit; in short, this is an excellent account presenting Goosby as a fine musician and a score-serving virtuoso, blest with a luxurious and detailed accompaniment, very well recorded (Verizon Hall, October & November last year) – not least of good balance, Goosby not spotlit – for an account that is very likeable and recommendable, and which can be returned to with keen pleasure.

The rest of the disc is Florence Price. Her short and sweet Adoration (arr. for violin and strings) is attractive enough, played from the heart, but the substantial half-hour D-major Concerto is nothing special; the violinist’s first entry is cribbed from the Tchaikovsky (same key, too), as is the cadenza. The long first movement (of three) meanders, some decorous orchestral writing not being enough to sustain interest, and while her music has its fans, not least Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has recorded Price’s Symphonies for DG, I simply can’t find much in her music that engages; here the second movement is as tedious as the first, and the Finale falls into an indulgence of not very much. The fifteen-minute, one-movement, Second Concerto (no key stated) is somewhat more intriguing, at least at first, in orchestration, and in setting-up an idea, but when the latter arrives it’s such a disappointment. However, although I may find little in her music, my patience challenged, you are not going to hear it better performed than here; no-one-else need bother. Decca 485 4234 is released on May 19.

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