Sarah Chang's newest CD is also a splendid-sounding effort (Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia), but naturally the real focus is on how she plays the Paganini at age twelve (age thirteen for the popular Saint-Saëns showpieces). The answer should be, by now, self-evident: at age nine Chang was amazing for her age, and she remains amazing now that she's “old“ enough to almost be expected to play Paganini this fearlessly and imperturbably. Paganini's music has often been played well by young artists such as Ricci, Menuhin, Heiftez, Rabin (I'm thinking of his selection of Caprices for Columbia at age fourteen or so), and, most to the point, Midori, whose recording of the Paganini Concerto No. 1 remains an excellent version. SarahRead more Chang's mastery of the violin is so total that she certainly deserves mention with all of those luminaries of the fiddle. And these are very musical performances, stressing both the bravura and the lyricism. If you've been following this young artist's career, you won't be disappointed by this release. Indeed, the unruffled calm with which she dispatches the most challenging double stops, harmonics, and advanced bowing tests, while at all times maintaining the production of a clean, even, and attractive tone, results in a complete absence of nervous tightness that can lend the Paganini some of its usual drama. The pupils of Dorothy DeLay almost all make a cut in the third movement, and I continue to think that as a group they fail to comprehend such opportunities for pictorial involvement as the cry of anguish that closes the second movement, compared to such Russian artists as Leonid Kogan, Viktor Tretyakov, and more recently, Viktoria Mullova. Still, if you have yet to hear Sarah Chang, this is a first-rate introduction: if the technical stunts in the Paganini don't convince you that she is a major artist, one of the finest violinists currently active, then the humidly languid Havanaise will.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6by Niccolò Paganini Performer:
Sarah Chang (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: ?1817 Venue: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Length: 32 Minutes 49 Secs.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83by Camille Saint-Saëns Performer:
Sarah Chang (Violin)
Period: Romantic Written: 1887; France Date of Recording: 05/02/1994 Venue: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs.
Concerto No. 1 in D for Violin and Orchestra. Op. 6: I. Allegro maestoso
Concerto No. 1 in D for Violin and Orchestra. Op. 6: II. Adagio espressivo
Concerto No. 1 in D for Violin and Orchestra. Op. 6: III. Rondo (Allegro spiritoso)
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra. Op. 83
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor Op. 28
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Sarah ChangMarch 3, 2015By Joseph S. (Phila., , PA)See All My Reviews"ONE OF THE FINEST VIOLINISTS I HAVE EVER HEARD. THE RECORDING WAS JUST EXCELLENT. THE QUALITY OF ALL THE RECORDINGS I HAVE ORDERED THUS FAR, AND THERE ARE QUITE A FEW, HAVE BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF EXCELLENT. I HAVE NOT HAD TO RETURN A SINGLE CD IN ALL THE TIME OF DEALING WITH YOUR COMPANY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK."Report Abuse
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