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Tchaikovsky & Barber: Violin Concertos / Dalene, Blendulf, Norrkoping Symphony


Release Date: 01/03/2020 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2440  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySamuel Barber
Performer:  Johan Dalene
Conductor:  Daniel Blendulf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Born in 2000, Swedish violinist Johan Dalene is already making an impact on the international scene. His refreshingly honest musicality, combined with an ability to engage with musicians and audiences alike, has won him many admirers. Johan began playing the violin at the age of four and made his professional concerto debut three years later. A student at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he has also worked closely with mentors including Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes and Gidon Kremer. Johan has been a prize winner at a number of competitions, most recently the prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition at which he won First Prize. During the finals of the Nielsen
Read more competition Johan performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, a work which he had already recorded for BIS two months earlier, in January 2019. On this debut recording, Johan plays with his ‘local band’: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, known from many acclaimed recordings on BIS. The album closes with Samuel Barber’s lyrical and contemplative Violin Concerto from 1939.

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REVIEWS:

From the shaping of his solo entrance in the Tchaikovsky alone there’s a ‘presence’ about Johan Dalene’s playing that announces a musician of special sensibilities. The most striking thing about this young Swedish player is the complete absence of showiness or indeed any sense of virtuosity on display. The Barber really suits Dalene. it is testament to a maturity way beyond his years that he comes close to breaking your heart with it.

– Gramophone

Three things strike this listener about violinist Johan Dalene. First of all, he produces a beautiful, rich, sound – the instrument really sings. Second, and no surprise, the technical demands of these two works hold no fear for him. Third, his playing, though full of individual character, is refreshingly direct and simple, as if his primary aim is to fulfil the wishes of the composer.

Tchaikovsky frequently repeats tiny melodic fragments in this movement, to the point that a previous generation of violinists thought they knew better and settled on a number of tiny cuts. I’m pleased to say that this disfiguring trend is now disappearing and that Dalene plays everything as written. The close of the concerto is as exciting as you will hear anywhere.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Johan Dalene (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Blendulf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Johan Dalene (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Blendulf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 

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