Sibelius / Elgar: Violin Concertos CD
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Sibelius : Concerto pour violon & orch. op.47 - Elgar : Concerto pour violon & orch. op.61 / Dong-Suk Kang, violon - Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio Nationale de Pologne - Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio Slovaque - Dir. Adrian Leaper
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I love this performance of the Elgar: I would never have thought of Elgar being played so musically and idiomatically by a Polish Orchestra and a Korean violinist until I heard this 1991 recording. It is so musically tasteful and idiomatic, the orchestra sounding very well under Adrian Leaper playing a very sensitive and beautiful partnership with the violin. The soloist keeps the obligatory slides under sensitive and tasteful control, giving poignant voice to the Elgarian phrasing. They set a realy well-judged pace with lovely moments of stylish rubato, never over-lingering or cliché. On repeated listening, which is highly recommended, one truly gets the feeling of an over-arching complete vision of how this long concerto should unfold and hold together. Kang succeeds, right from the opening bars, in creating a sense of personal textures and sonority, projecting his beautiful individual violin voice over the orchestra. The recording engineers should be congratulated on the exceedingly pleasing sound balance and keeping the uniqueness of Kang's instrumental colour perfectly displayed. Bravo.Read more ›
I have listened to great performances of both these concertos, but have never heard a more beautifully realised account of the Sibelius. His recording of the Elgar is also fabulous, with faster tempi than many other offerings.
Having collected quite a few of his other recordings (the Neilsen and Saint-Saens concertos included), I believe that he merits greater acclaim. My only quibble is that he hasn't recorded the warhorse repetoire (Beethoven etc) and I wish he would. Come on, Naxos & BIS!
If you're fond of either, or both of, the Sibelius and Elgar violin concertos, this bargain CD is not to be missed.
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As for the Sibelius Concerto, I thought that the opening was played well but it loses its energy along the way. The recording itself also leaves much to be desired, as the winds and brass are hardly audible in the slow movement. While it is not the best one I've heard, Kang does a decent job handling the technical intricacies of the piece. For more illustrious recordings of the Sibelius Concerto get the Heifetz or Oistrakh recordings. Overall, I thought this CD was quite good, especially considering the price.
The only reason I can't give this CD a five-star review is because of the Sibelius. It's an adequate performance of Sibelius' only violin concerto, but there are much better versions of this concerto available. Kang and the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra are much to laid back for my liking, and make this concerto much less exciting than it really is.
In summary, if you want a copy of the Sibelius concerto, there are better performances available (David Oistrakh and Anne-Sophie Mutter, for example). You can probably find one for just a few extra dollars; it's worth spending the extra money. If you're buying this CD for the Elgar, you can't go wrong, especially at the budget price.