Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Piano Quintetby 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 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.
- Release Date:
- Warner Classics
- Violin Concerto in A minor (2 versions), B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53) - Antonin Dvorák - Colin Davis - London Symphony Orchestra - Sarah Chang
- 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
Performance CreditsSarah Chang Primary Artist