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The track times reveal one reason why the concerto has been neglected: a work lasting just under 57 minutes, the first movement alone is nearly 28 minutes. And it requires continuous dexterity from the soloist as the violin’s cantabile line sails above the turbulence of the orchestra. But this sprawling work is a constant delight and the performers bring to it rich colours that never cloy. The two romances for violin and small orchestra, more modest in length and ambition, are nonetheless pleasing.

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