Janine Jansen has been a top-selling artist since her debut recording in 2004 for Decca sold 300,000 records. A major star in Europe, especially the Netherlands, Jansen has frequently topped the classical charts and featured in the pop charts.
For this release, Jansen is accompanied in the concerto by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its Russian-born Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. When she played the work with the London Philharmonic in London as part of its 2012 “Prokofiev: Man of the People?” festival, The Times hailed her as “a violinist who is right now on matchless form...a player that you follow wherever she leads”
Composed in the mid-1930s, on the eve of his return to the USSR, Prokofiev’sRead more much-loved Violin Concerto No 2 boasts the same accessible tunefulness and emotional directness as his enduringly popular ballet Romeo and Juliet, whose love music is ravishingly recalled in the soaring, song-like lyricism of the concerto’s slow central movement.
For contrast the concerto is coupled with two chamber works conceived in the same decade: the stark yet expressive Sonata for Two Violins (1932) and the darkly tragic Violin Sonata No.1 (1938–46), which constitutes the composer’s covert memorial to those many friends and colleagues lost during Stalin’s Great Terror and the subsequent World War.
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63by Sergei Prokofiev Performer:
Janine Jansen (Violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1935; Paris, France
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63: 1. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63: 2. Andante assai
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63: 3. Allegro, ben marcato
Sonata in C major for 2 Violins, Op.56: 1. Andante cantabile
Sonata in C major for 2 Violins, Op.56: 2. Allegro
Sonata in C major for 2 Violins, Op.56: 3. Commodo (quasi allegretto)
Sonata in C major for 2 Violins, Op.56: 4. Allegro con brio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80: 1. Andante assai
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80: 2. Allegro brusco
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80: 3. Andante
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80: 4. Allegrissimo
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Excellent interpretation!January 1, 2013By Philip K. (Carmel, IN)See All My Reviews"Ms. Jansen is extraordinary on this CD. Actually, the accompanying video online is amazing, too. She is so completely in tune with Prokofiev's thinking, it's like she's reading his mind. Highly recommended for all who love a variety of challenging works for the violin."Report Abuse