Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet

Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintet

by Sarah Chang
     
 
When music lovers talk about the great violin concertos, Dvorák's almost always takes a back seat to those by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and even Bruch. Still, the concerto has received a fair share of top-notch recordings over the years -- including those by Maxim Vengerov and Itzhak Perlman, among others -- but none is as convincing as this one by

Overview

When music lovers talk about the great violin concertos, Dvorák's almost always takes a back seat to those by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and even Bruch. Still, the concerto has received a fair share of top-notch recordings over the years -- including those by Maxim Vengerov and Itzhak Perlman, among others -- but none is as convincing as this one by Sarah Chang. Chang's ardent, sweet-toned playing is absolutely beguiling, making one wonder how such a tuneful, richly romantic piece like this could ever be taken for granted. Colin Davis's sensitive, surefooted conducting and the warm response of the London Symphony also deserve full marks. EMI's flawless engineering is icing on the cake. The coupling is an inspired choice, too (and unusually generous) -- a rhapsodic performance of Dvorák's Piano Quintet, featuring the brilliant Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and two members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Suppleness and spontaneity are the keywords here, making this old chamber music chestnut sound utterly fresh. Don't be surprised to find this ear-opening disc on many "Best of 2003" lists.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - David Mermelstein
Ms. Chang's approach [to the Concerto] is forceful yet engaging, emphasizing calculated phrasing over tonal beauty.... She captures the work's lyricism with unsentimental tenderness and is especially touching in the more demonstrative pages of the finale.... [In the Quintet,] a commendable spontaneity permeates the performance.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
What an excellent idea for the brilliant young violinist Sarah Chang to couple her warm and powerful reading of the Dvorák Violin Concerto not with another concerto but with one of Dvorák's most popular chamber works. As in [her recording of] Souvenir de Florence, she shows what a warmly sympathetic chamber player she is.
Courier-Post - Robert Baxter
1/2 Supported by Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Chang gives a glowing performance of the concerto. Her silken tone soars through the big melodies, and her bravura technique surmounts all the technical challenges.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355752123
catalogNumber:
57521

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in A minor (2 versions), B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Colin Davis  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Sarah Chang
  2. Piano Quintet in A major, B. 155 (Op. 81) (once listed as Op. 77)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Leif Ove Andsnes  - Sarah Chang  - Wolfram Christ  - Georg Faust  - Alexander Kerr

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