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This review is from: Prokofiev & Sibelius: Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
WDR Symphony Orchestra,Cologne plays beautifully under the direction of Thomas Sondergard. They form a very fine partnership with Vilde Frang's sensitive and delicate violin playing. I already knew that I could expect a very fine performance of the Sibelius Concerto on this CD. I was not prepared for how good the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 1 could be. I have heard several other recordings, but this one was a revelation to me. Its dreaminess is brought out in the tender playing of the endings of the first and the final movements. The virtuoso,skittish scamperings of the second movement are delightfully rendered. Yet the overall seriousness of this classic/romantic concerto is not compromised.Both the Prokofiev and the Sibelius Concertos are musically developed by the performers throughout to reach satisfying, but very different, conclusions in their final movements. In addition Vilde Frang brings three of the Sibelius Humoresques to this CD. I found them delightful, - in particular Op 87 No 2. I hope to hear more of the work of Vilde Frang, Thomas Sondergard and also the WDR orchestra.