- Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21
- Sérénade mélancolique, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in B minor, Op. 26
- Valse-scherzo, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in C major, Op. 34
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Sérénade Mélancolique; Valse-Scherzoby Leonard Slatkin
Japanese-born violinist Midori emerged as a sensational child prodigy, making her New York Philharmonic debut at the staggering age of ten. She was quickly taken under the wing of conductor Zubin Mehta and began her recording career began. Unlike so many child prodigies whose rapid ascension to fame often results in just as rapid of a burnout, Midori has retained her standing as a respected and sought-after artist and humanitarian. Her early recordings clearly demonstrate her almost unbelievable technical prowess while her later albums have shown that she has built upon the solid technical foundations to include sincere, satisfying musical understanding as well. This Newton Classics album stems from early in Midori's career -- 1987 -- with recordings of the Paganini "First Violin Concerto" and Tchaikovsky's "Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26," and "Valse-scherzo, Op. 34." While her playing at this young age is far from cold, it is definitely more rigid and less fluid than her adult contributions. The pyrotechnics in the Paganini concerto are certainly the highlight of the album as Midori effortlessly tosses them off as though she's playing nothing more than a scale. The two Tchaikovsky works offer fewer opportunities to show off technical abilities and as such are slightly less dazzling than the Paganini. Fans of this exceptional artist will, however, find merit in this album as a testament to the increase in musical introspection that has come to Midori with age.
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- Newton Classics
Performance CreditsLeonard Slatkin Primary Artist
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WOW! This is perfection! Midori wows the audience with her precise and clean execution. Not only that, but she plays with such fire and emotion. I'd love to see her in person. I feel as though this would be a very moving performance.already I am moved by the recording. It's got to be one of my favorite instrumental recordings that I own.