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Sibelius, Nielsen: Violin Concertos / Salonen, Cho-liang Lin


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 92613   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusCarl Nielsen
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraSwedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This sensational disc has served as a reference edition for both concertos since it was first issued back in the late 1980s. The Sibelius concerto is distinguished by the tension between Lin's passionate and virtuosic account of the solo part and Salonen's remarkable precision at the head of the orchestra. Listen, for example, to the remarkable rhythmic clarity at the opening of the finale, and to the way this serves to "float" Lin's daredevil pyrotechnics up above. It's just marvellous. The same holds true of the Nielsen--there is no finer account of this neglected concerto. It's a rarity because in the finale Nielsen subordinates flash and dazzle to the work's overall emotional arc, progressing from
Read more anger to contentment. That doesn't mean the music isn't excellent, or that Lin and Salonen's performances aren't gripping from first note to last. They tear into the opening movement with apt ferocity and find the necessary emotional resolution in the work's amiable conclusion. The detailed, well-balanced sound ideally suits the interpretations. Essential. [4/28/2006]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang (Violin)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 31 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin, Op. 33 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang (Violin)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm 
Length: 36 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio di molto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
I. Praeludium. Allegro cavalleresco
II. Poco adagio
Rondo. Allegretto scherzando

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