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Con Amore (Brahms, Kreisler, Elgar) (DECCA The Ori&hellip ~ Kyung Wha Chung
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a most welcome reissue of violinist Kyung Wha Chung's 1987 'Con amore' recording. Put simply, this is the most satisfying collection of encores that I have had the pleasure of hearing since its inital release on LP nearly two decades ago.

The virtuosity is deceptively non-apparent in these performances due to the directness of communication from Chung and her most empathic collaborator, Phillip Moll. Chung's technical feats are completely at the service of musical expression with fire, passion, profundity, wit, charm, and scorching fervor which are manifest in her fearless attack and singing statements that soar. There is only musical honesty and a directness that reveal… Read more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 ~ Simon Rattle
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 ~ Simon Rattle
Kyung Wha Chung has never recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto previously during her distinguished career. This recording with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle winningly communicates an unquestionably musical and spiritual interpretation. As with the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Brahms' concerto also particularly demands technical challenges which must serve the musical expression of the work rather than as overt virtuosic displays and pyrotechnic showcases.

Chung's performance reminds the listener, yet again, that her technical feats are completely at the service of musical expression and immediate communication. Her recording conveys a wonderful intensity and… Read more
Brahms: Violin Concerto / Bruch: Concerto No.1 ~ Sarah Chang
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sarah Chang's most recent release proves to be the most appealing and enjoyable for this listener. The Bruch and Brahms concertos appear here in an infrequent coupling with the soloist teamed with Dresden's Philharmonie and Kurt Masur.

The strongest point of this entire disc that jumps immediately on the first hear is the beautiful sound of the Dresden Phil: the entire sound worlds of the strings, winds, brass, and percussion are quite homogeneous in their union with an impressive breadth of sound textures and characters. The fluidity of the pacing and variance in colors and forward vs. subdued 'lighting' is absolutely wonderful. It is unknown how much of this was specifically… Read more