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Posted October 1, 2010
Janine Jansen first caught my ears when I heard her play the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on the radio. I remember thinking: "Wow, who played this? I have to find out when I get home." Since then, I have acquired her Four Seasons recording which has completely redefined the old classic for me. Perhaps it's not as "faithful" as some of the other recordings out there, but it is Janine Jansen's fresh energy and lively interpretation that really gives her playing the uniqueness that words cannot describe. When I saw her new album featuring my favorite violin concerto, the Mendelssohn, I was immediately tempted to buy it. But as I already own more than 10 recordings of it, I decided to not waste my money on yet another contemporary artist. However, when I heard a high quality sample on iTunes of her Mendelssohn and Bruch, I just COULD NOT prevent myself from buying it. What makes her recording so attractive are the small but noticeable details in interpretation that truly sets these pieces apart from the hundreds of other recordings. I'm not saying that it's necessarily "better" or "worse" than recordings from Heifetz, Milstein, Oistrach, Menuhin, Perlman, and etc. but Janine Jansen has 100% captured my heart with these superb renditions. Her playing in the final movements of these two concertos are so good that I would not hesitate to make this CD my new first recommendation for those who do not own the Mendelssohn or Bruch violin concertos.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.