Encompassing his first collaboration to his last, this 4 CD collection celebrates Joseph Swensen’s tenure as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1996–2005). Swensen combines his role as conductor and soloist in acclaimed recordings of popular concertos by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvořák and Prokofiev. Written within a hundred years of each other these concertos not only provide Swensen with the opportunity to display his mastery of formidable technical demands, but also demonstrate each composer’s individual expressive and melodic expertise. Swensen’s dual role as both conductor and soloist creates a special collaboration with the musicians of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who remain acutely attuned to his intentions. In addition they perform a wonderful selection of orchestral music together to complement the concertos: Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvořák’s Nocturne for string orchestra and Czech Suite, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave and ‘Scottish’ Symphony, plus Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and his Five Melodies (orchestrated by Swensen for solo violin and orchestra).

"‘So many remarkable violinists have filed past over recent years that it’s easy to forget that Joseph Swensen is one of the best. There’s an impressive level of excellence throughout – Swensen is adaptable to moods between and within concertos."
BBC Music Magazine
"The performances are all strong and intelligent, as well as a real pleasure to listen to, even when most pieces are very well known."
MusicWeb International
"The overall standard of these four discs is uniformly high and shows what an accomplished violinist (and conductor) Swensen was (and still is) in a wide range of repertoire adjusting his style of performance to match the individual work."
iClassical