Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, 5th mvt.; Beethoven: Third Symphony, 3rd mvt.; Brahms: Fourth Symphony, 1st mvt.
|Bartok Concerto for Orchestra (Mvt. V)||00h:00m:00s|
|Starting on the D string in first position||00h:01m:50s|
|Closer to the frog||00h:02m:30s|
|Longer phrase lengths and clearer direction||00h:03m:41s|
|Beethoven Third Symphony scherzo||00h:07m:50s|
|Beginning of the excerpt must be pianissimo||00h:09m:23s|
|Play the figures on to the bar||00h:10m:02s|
|Can start off the string||00h:12m:11s|
|Articulation in fortissimo needs more bite||00h:13m:37s|
|Sforzando on an offbeat doesn't discount the natural weight at the beginning of the measure||00h:15m:23s|
|How brushy can it be?||00h:16m:45s|
|Opening of Brahms' Fourth Symphony||00h:18m:18s|
|Opening could have more swing||00h:20m:00s|
|Since this line is doubled an octave above in the first violin, lower line needs more fullness||00h:20m:53s|
Robert Davidovici, former Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, works on the second violin parts to the fugue subject from the fifth movement of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, the Scherzo from Beethoven's Third Symphony and the first movement of Brahms' Fourth Symphony. With Jennifer Chang.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók, Johannes Brahms
SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 55 ("EROICA"), CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA, SZ. 116, SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 60
In concerto, recital and chamber music performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, violinist, Robert Davidovici, is acclaimed on five continents as a virtuoso who combines spectacular technique, wide-ranging repertoire and magnificent artistry with an exciting, compelling stage presence. The Boston Globe has said that, “he is a terrific violinist. His technique is of the ‘wow’ variety, his tone as huge as he cares to make it.” The Montreal La Presse said that “Robert Davidovici is a born violinist in the most complete sense of the word. His Prokofiev Concerto was played with that perfect balance of lyricism and satire that the composer himself talks about, and sonorities that not even a Milstein has.”
In January 2013,Robert Davidovici recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grzegorz Nowak the Szymanowski 2nd Violin Concerto, the Lutoslawski Partita and the world premiere recording of the Kletzki Violin concerto, for release in the autumn of 2013 . He returns to the Royal Philharmonic in October 2013 to play the Beethoven Concerto in their London concert series.
In February 2007, Robert Davidovici was soloist at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in the American premiere of the Kletzki Violin Concerto (1928) with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, following which the New York Times commented on the "excellent " performance. Robert Davidovici is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them, the Naumburg Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.
Born in Transylvania, Rumania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of David Oistrakh. He went on to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, where, upon graduating, he became a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He has collaborated in concert with such esteemed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Cho Liang-Lin and Emanuel Ax, among others. Carnegie Hall has featured Robert Davidovici as part of their “American Music Masters” series and he was the subject of a television special on WGBH Boston.
The New York Times, in describing Robert Davidovici’s performance on the Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 1 said that “…he played cleanly and without affectation. Contrapuntal lines emerged clearly because multiple stops stayed in tune, and a fast, tight vibrato helped keep the music from sounding expressive in a 19th-century manner. This was, in fact, excellent Bach.” In describing his performance of the Bernstein “Serenade”, The New York Times stated that “it would have been hard to imagine a sweeter performance.” And the Sydney Morning Herald commented that “Robert Davidovici lingered lovingly over the poetic passages of the Tschaikovsky Concerto, and ignited the fiery ones with passion.”
In addition to his solo engagements, Robert Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at FIU in Miami. He is guest professor at leading music schools around the world, most recently at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Universities of Washington, British Columbia and the Australian National University.
His multifaceted career has included being Concertmaster of such orchestras as the Osaka Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), Cincinnati Symphony, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras.
Fanfare Magazine commented on his first CD that “Davidovici handles the five compositional styles with confidence. His tone is ripe, his intonation dead on, and he plays with aplomb. This is an impressive disc debut”. He has recorded as violin soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra for Cala Records. His CD “Mélodie-The Art of Robert Davidovici” was selected as one of the top 30 CD releases in Japan in 1995. Robert Davidovici may also be heard on New World Records, Centaur, Clavier and Meistermusic. His CD recording of transcriptions of “Chopin-Nocturnes”, was released in May 2004 in Japan by JVC Victor.