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Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos / Frang


Release Date: 02/26/2016 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 554297   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang KorngoldBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Vilde Frang
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Collectors of a certain age may look askance at the packaging (there are no fewer than five photographs of the soloist and no one else gets a look-in), but let the carping end there. These are urgently communicative, potentially transformative accounts of scores which, if no longer confined to the fringes of the repertoire, have yet to command universal admiration.

There are several paradoxes at the heart of Frang’s captivating performance style. Playing with almost intimidating dexterity and polish, not to mention impeccable intonation (it comes as no surprise to discover that Anne-Sophie Mutter was an early mentor), her music-making still manages to
Read more project an impression of honesty and naturalness.

First up is Korngold’s escapist confection, and it receives a notably unsentimental reading. This is not to imply that the super-articulate music-making is either cool or predictable. From Korngold’s Romantic patchwork to Britten’s high seriousness (and his obsessive working of scalic material) is quite a leap, yet, with these exponents, there’s no hint of the latter overreaching himself in this extended, bleakly eloquent take on the Prokofiev violin concerto model.

Here then are two ardent performances to complement or even supplant existing favorites.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Vilde Frang (Violin)
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
2.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Vilde Frang (Violin)
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939/1958; England 

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