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Edge of Youth / Janet Sung

Release Date: 04/26/2019 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92230  
Composer:  George EnescuMissy MazzoliBenjamin BrittenDan Visconti,   ... 
Performer:  Janet SungWilliam Wolfram
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Janet Sung writes of her new release: “Edge of Youth represents a time when one starts to discover a new, more mature version of their own voice or self. We find confidence in that voice when we allow ourselves to go to the “edge” of what is known or comfortable. Brought up steeped in the traditions of classical music, and deeply influenced by some of the greatest violinists of the “old world”, this album represents some of that artistic journey for me. In curating this collection of works by masters Britten, Enescu and three young, dynamic living composers, Missy Mazzoli, Dan Visconti and Gabriel Prokofiev, I gravitated toward works that were striking to me and in some ways unexpected—whether it was a new sound world, a new perspective on Read more an old familiar work, or the surprising way certain works profoundly grew in their impact. Each of these works are dramatic, visceral; even ethereal and otherworldly. Some also have moments of soaring lyricism and intimacy. They both embrace and challenge classical traditions, consciously or subconsciously. With their craft and unique sense of style, these composers challenge the artist to forget about the technicalities of the instrument—asking them to become a storyteller through nuance, shading, and color. Taking in all of our personal influences, we hopefully take flight into our own artistic vision. These works have taken me on a journey that I will continue to traverse.”



Put together from largely unfamiliar works, all of them pretty contemporary, violinist Janet Sung's debut album is freshly conceived. Perhaps the real find here is Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance, Op. 28, a work in ten short movements in extended Impressionist style. Here and elsewhere she gets excellent support from pianist William Wolfram. An engaging program and technically unimpeachable playing promise great things from this new addition to the label's roster.

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Works on This Recording

Impressions d'enfance, Op. 28 by George Enescu
Performer:  Janet Sung (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Romania 
Dissolve, O My Heart by Missy Mazzoli
Performer:  Janet Sung (Violin)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Janet Sung (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1935; England 
Rave-Up by Dan Visconti
Performer:  Janet Sung (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Sleeveless Scherzo by Gabriel Prokofiev
Performer:  Janet Sung (Violin)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 another country heard from September 11, 2019 By Roger S. (Ithaca, NY) See All My Reviews "I think that one star is unfair. This is not particularly melodic music, and you are not likely to hum along. At the same time, it is good to hear new music and music that is new to us. As to the performance, which should be the meat of a review, the playing is excellent. I have the pleasure of hearing Ms. Sung with the Cayuga Chamber Ensemble in Ithaca, New York, often in more standard repertoire. She is a consummate professional, technically perfect, with expression and feeling. You may or may not like the music on this disc, but the performances are all well done. It is worth a listen." Report Abuse
 Not for me May 30, 2019 By J. Crosthwaite (Pinawa, MB) See All My Reviews "Sounds like someone practicing (badly)." Report Abuse
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