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Con Amore - Violin Encores / Kyung Wha Chung, Phillip Moll


Release Date: 01/03/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4782660   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Fritz KreislerEduard PoldiniHenri WieniawskiSir Edward Elgar,   ... 
Performer:  Kyung-Wha ChungPhillip Moll
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A quick glance at the heading tells the knowledgeable reader that most of what we have here are well-known lollipops. They exist in literally hundreds of recordings. Everybody will have his/her favourite pieces played by one or several of the violin greats through the last eight decades.

The reissue of this twenty-year-old recital poses the question: is it worth adding yet another collection? The answer should be an unequivocal “Yes!”, since Chung is one of the stars of fairly recent times. Even before putting the disc in the CD player one knows that these will be technically impeccable readings, played with great musicality, refinement and commitment – elegant but never bland.

The first few tracks confirm that
Read more one’s memories of Ms Chung’s musical attributes were correct while a vague suspicion that a bit more warmth wouldn’t come amiss creeps in. She excels first and foremost in some of the more virtuosic numbers where her razor-sharp tone and pin-point tuning win triumphs. Poldini’s Dancing Doll - or Poupée Valsante as it is possibly better known - is certainly riveting and her handling of the intricacies in Francescatti’s edition of Wieniawski’s Scherzo-Tarantelle makes it a winner. Kreisler’s notorious “fake” composition under the name of Pugnani is also played for all it’s worth.

The more melodic pieces are of course also gloriously played and the warmth I initially felt wanting – to some degree, let me add – is there, wonderfully so in Joachim’s arrangement of his friend Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1. That surging melody always reminds me of the sea. Hungary is far from the sea and being an admiral in the Hungarian navy is no big deal, but Lake Balaton is big enough to convey a maritime feeling.

The two Elgar pieces are excellent and Chung bares all the beauty of the Chopin Nocturne. When it comes to Kreisler’s “own” pieces, well played as they are, they lack that hard-to-define Viennese charm. I must admit though that since I have played Kreisler’s own inimitable 1938 recordings since my early twenties I almost always feel a little short-changed when I hear other versions, irrespective of who is playing. Tastes and performing styles change and we live in an age where more literal and objective playing is preferred to the more personal heart-on-sleeve of earlier generations. That said, delicate portamento and a furtive tear discreetly wiped off the cheek still belongs to the Kreislerian style.

Don’t let this old-fashioned philosophising deter anyone in need of this repertoire from acquiring this disc, but I can’t help adding another comment along the same lines. The only direct comparison was the Kreisler arrangement of Chaminade’s Sérénade espagnole, which is also included, together with some other violin music, in the all-Chaminade CD by Anne-Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg. The serenade is played by the eminent Nils-Erik Sparf and he makes it far more improvisatory, at a livelier tempo. The rhythmic middle section is much more heavily accented, more earthbound, where Ms Chung is note perfect but too well-behaved.

Anyway, my verdict remains: for technically accomplished and musically excellent violin lollipops, no one need look further than this issue. The sound is worthy of the occasion.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
2. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
3. Marionettes (7): no 2, Poupée valsante by Eduard Poldini
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
4. Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
5. Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
6. La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
7. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
8. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
9. Caprices (8) for Violin and Piano, Op. 5: no 2, Perpetuum mobile by Ottokar Novácek
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Czech Republic 
10. Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
11. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
12. Caprice in A minor by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
13. Rosine: Gavotte by François Joseph Gossec
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; France 
14. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
15. Chanson espagnole, Op. 150 "Serenade espagnole" by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
16. Etudes (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 6, En forme de Valse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
17. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 

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