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5.0 out of 5 stars Passion, beauty, poetry and scintillating playing, 14 Aug 2003
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If you haven't heard the Saint-Saens 3rd violin concerto, just listen to this disc. I first heard this piece on a vinyl recording by Milstein, played with silvery panache and great beauty. I have also heard Francescatti's, Joshua Bell's and Lin's recordings. What a great pity I haven't heard Kyung Wha Chung playing this live. Her commitment and passion are exceptional, her musicianship beyond criticism. The opening is intense. At the end of the second movement, the violin and clarinet double up several octaves apart, in luminous arpeggios almost otherworldly in their beauty. It's coupled well with the Concerto 1, which is really finely played and very appealing. No matter how often I hear the 3rd concerto, though, it never seems shallow or jaded. Buy this album for this performance.
The Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of my favourite desserts, absolutely lovely, full of brio and scintillating playing. Kyung Wha Chung clearly enjoys this piece, and makes it sound as if she is playing right in your room, a trick she seems to carry off in the Havanaise as well. I love these performances.
If you buy this disc, consider also acquiring the legendary disc with Chung / Lupu playing the Franck & Debussy Sonatas coupled with the Chausson Poeme - simply the finest music making around and a real bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 July 2013
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I have finally got the CD I have been wanting. It was worth the wait! Sound quality excellent and the solo violin amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violin Concertos, 20 Mar 2013
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This is an excellent disc and a great addition to my collection.
Arrived on time and played almost immediately.
Recommended.
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