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Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet / Sarah Chang, Et Al

Release Date: 07/08/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57521   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Sarah ChangWolfram ChristGeorg FaustLeif Ove Andsnes,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sara Chang brings her stunning virtuosity to Dvorák's magnificent (and inexplicably underperformed if not under-recorded) Violin Concerto. Even as she plays with impressive technical finesse and brilliance, it's also clear that she's got the music in her heart as well as her fingers--evident in her lovingly sensitive rendition of the first movement's joyously lyrical second theme, and in the Adagio's soothing lullaby melody. But Chang also displays plenty of fire and spirit in the more animated portions, especially Dvorák's athletically dancing finale. Still, Josef Suk provides more authentic-sounding rhythmic flair, along with an affectionate, homespun lyricism that so suits the music, even if he doesn't fire off virtuoso Read more sparks the way Chang does. Colin Davis and the London Symphony offer a fresh and idiomatic rendition of the orchestral accompaniment. Unfortunately, the orchestral recording is a bit diffuse, with Chang positioned quite a bit closer than you would hear in a concert hall.

Chang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Kerr, Wolfram Christ, and Georg Faust give a lively and rhythmically pointed performance of Dvorák's expansive Piano Quintet No. 2. The outer movements display infectious energy, while the somewhat faster-than-usual tempo in the Adagio keeps the melancholy on the light side but shirks none of Dvorák's heartfelt melodiousness. The recording presents a sharper focus and more natural perspective than that for the concerto. In all, it's a novel and enjoyable coupling well worth your consideration--especially if you have neither of these works in your collection.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Watford Colosseum, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Wolfram Christ (Viola), Sarah Chang (Violin), Georg Faust (Cello),
Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano), Alexander Kerr (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 38 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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