Russian National Orchestra

RNO CD Named Best Recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

In the November 2017 issue of BBC Music Magazine, the RNO's recording with violinist Julia Fischer was named the Best Recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

According to the article:

For a winning combination of these, with all the once-traditional cuts opened out, complemented by first-rate engineering (especially in SACD surround-sound) and unbeatable couplings — the Serenade melancolique, Valse-Scherzo and Souvenir d'un lieu cher — Julia Fischer's 2006 recording (made, remarkably, when she was only 22) with the late Yakov Kreizberg and the Russian National Orchestra quickly establishes itself as a front-runner.


More than any other violinist, Fischer retains the tonal core of her sound both at speed and under even the most relentless technical pressure. There are passages in the finale — not least the last mad dash to the finishing line — in which even some of the most illustrious names in the violin firmament sound under pressure: the tone thins slightly, bow contact and intonation become a little sketchy, rapid string-crossing and position-changing lose their absolute poise.


Yet Fischer, taking flight with the best of them, retains her composure with apparently nonchalant ease, tossing off the notorious rapid descent from a super-top D (and back again) with stunning precision and, conversely, abandonment. Kreizberg and his crack Russian band stick with her all the way, creating the thrilling sensation on occasion of soloist and orchestra jostling for position.

The 2006 recording was re-released by Pentatone in 2016.