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Nemanja Radulovic takes Tchaikovsky for a spin on Violin and Viola

by December 5, 2017

With his extravagantly flowing locks, gothic fashion style and show-stopping virtuosity, violinist and violist Nemanja Radulović is an amazing performer that has a gift to share with the world. He’s making a stir in the world of classical music. While some use gimmicks to sell themselves, Nemanja prefers to let the music speak for itself – and let his violin do the talking. “I try to find the sound of the human voice,” he explains. “For me the violin is the best way I have found to express myself.” Radulović has released Radulovic Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Rococo Variations on the Deutsche Grammophon label for our listening pleasure.

About the Album

Radulovic is playing the solo part of both works on the album. Performing on violin on, Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 35 TH 59 and Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 35 and viola on “Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33, TH.57” Arr. By Yvan Cassar. Cassar’s arrangement–for viola and chamber ensemble (strings and piano) is excellent and this is where Radulović shines the brightest. In total there are twelve tracks and slightly over fifty-two minutes of music on the project. Stephanie Fontanarosa plays the piano part brilliantly on the Cassar arrangement.

Favorite Song

Track three, “Finale. Allegro vivacissimo” from the Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 35 “Finale. Allegro vivacissimo” is our favorite song. Radulović’s energy and passion seems to jump out of speakers and grab you by the ears and command you to listen, we like that in a player! The fast passages are played with clarity and authority and the slower passages have character and Radulović’s own personal touches.

In Conclusion

Maybe those flowing locks give Radulović a little extra Samson flare, but we hear something in his playing that is passionate and deeply moving. Cassar’s arrangement using strings and piano allow us to hear Tchaikovsky’s piece in a new and unique way that captures textures and colors that sound fresh, while still holding true to the original character of the piece. Sascha Goetzel follows Radulović’s lead through the concerto. The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic’s playing is supportive and let’s Radulović do the talking and talk he does!

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Deutsche Grammophon

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Nemanja Radulovic

Album

Nemanja Radulovic Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Rococo Variations

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