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Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos / Vilde Frang


Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 84413  
Composer:  Jean SibeliusSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vilde Frang
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vilde Frang was born in Norway in 1986. She studied at Oslo’s Barratt-Due Institute of Music and later with Kolja Blacher at the Hamburg Musikhochschule. A student of Ana Chumachenco, she holds a scholarship at the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Her debut was made at the age of ten with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra when she was engaged by Mariss Jansons to perform with the Oslo Philharmonic. The Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin she plays is on loan from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung, which has sponsored her since 2003.

This disc is much more than a debut calling card. It certainly transcends the elfin-sultry image of the soloist conjured by EMI’s promotional directorate. The recording quality is stunningly
Read more natural and transparent. You can hear every line of the scores.

Frang really nails the Sibelius concerto. Every note seems ineluctably in place and yet there is a springy spontaneity about the playing. She may lack the leonine fruity tone of an Oistrakh or indeed of a Mutter but her line rather like that of Kyung-Wha Chung is of a rare purity and spun silver. The Prokofiev is a natural coupling and again Frang’s sound and approach is just as adroit as in the Sibelius work. She catches the predominant eerie-macabre aspect of the piece with great attention to detail and to the longer span. Her playing touches off the character this wonderful fairytale score. The Humoresques are also superbly done and the Fifth rivals Rosand’s classic version though that Vox version does at least offer all six.

Criticisms: well there was plenty of room for the other three Sibelius Humoresques but at least they included the irresistible fifth.

Good notes from David Gutman.

We will be grievously unfortunate if we hear nothing further from Vilde Frang.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Vilde Frang (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Vilde Frang (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: First movement - Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: Second movement - Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: Third movement - Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major Op. 19: I. Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major Op. 19: II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major Op. 19: III. Moderato
Two Humoresques, Op.87: No.1 in D Minor
Two Humoresques, Op.87: No.2 in D Major
Humoreske No.5 in E Flat, Op.89 No.3

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