Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (EP)
by Joshua Bell
Released: Sep 2005
Label: Sony Classical
"Not without genius" wrote the first review in 1881, likely because this concerto is packed with so many beautiful melodies. This concerto comes on the heels of Tchaikovsky having survived severe life stressors such as a failed marriage and attempted suicide, and so the frantic and exuberant finale leaves one imagining him optimistically fleeing from the past as fast as possible. The final Swan Lake track is an elegant finishing touch.