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Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

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  • Performer: Kyung Wha Chung
  • Orchestra: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041ON
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vn Con: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Vn Con: II. Canzonetta. Andante/III. Finale-Allegro vivacissimo
  3. Vn Con: I. Allegro molto appassionato/II. Andante
  4. Vn Con: III. Allegretto non troppo-Allegro molto vivace

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I have had this version on my shelve for twenty years and it still holds it's own with the many other versions i have.The playing from Kyung Wha Chung is stunning, i belive she was playing at the top of her game.Charles Dutiot's conduting is right on the button,yes there are many versions around but ,i still come back to this one time and time again
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This is not the smooth-classic type of performance, which is usually associated with these popular concetos, but uncompromisingly intense and passionate reading by young Kyung Wha Chung, digitally recorded in 1983 in vivid sound quality. The risk she takes in the outer movements of Tchaikovsky concerto is astonishing. She is technically dazzling and solid in the both concertos, yet every phrasing and intonation speaks of her mature artistry and deeper sympathy with the soul of the music, that is reflected particularly in the slow movement of the concertos. Montreal SO's playing, under Dutoit, is wonderfully rich and vibrant, and finely balanced with the soloist. My favourite recording by Chung alongside her deeply Romantic account of Elgar concerto with Solti.
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Recorded in 1981, there is a very good sound on this CD that brings the listener up close to the playing with a good balance between the orchestra and soloist. This is a populist choice, pairing the Tchaikovsky concerto with that by Mendelssohn. (Others have chosen the less well-known or more demanding concertos of the likes of Glazunov, Wieniawski, and Shostakovich.)

Kyung Wha Chung displays much vigour in the allegro of the Tchaikovsky, and there is a suitable fragility in the brief canzonetta, culminating in an insistency that never slacks in the finale.

Kyung Wha Chung's opening movement of the Mendelssohn is often rough-edged, but this is a molto appassionato after all. Again, there is a good immediacy to the sound.

This would not be my first choice (Vengerov is brilliant on the Tchaikovsky), but nevertheless there is little to quibble about on these highly-recommended performances.

(By the way, at the time of writing Amazon are showing the correct `Track Listings' but an incorrect list of what's `On This CD'.)
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Artistically very impressive - possibly the best I have heard.

Recording quality: Compared to modern recordings it does sound a bit dated.

Hopefully it will be released in SACD format in the future !
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Two of my favourite classical pieces.
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Nice to support a charity as well...
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I love this CD because it is a replacement for a CD I lent to a friend and didn't get back.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93d69b7c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a055dc) out of 5 stars Full of Passion 10 Jan. 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
David Hurwitz, the Amazon reviewer, says Chung is no Heifetz. Well thank goodness because Heifetz's interpretations leave me cold in their technical bravura. While his technique may have been perfect, his recordings miss some of the passion. Chung's Tchaikovsky is full of feeling and passion, not to mention incredible bravura. Particularly in the final movement she dazzles and completely overwhelms you with her artistry. I prefer this version to her earlier version Tchaikovsky with Andre Previn. Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Orchestra are sensitive not to overpower Chung, yet the full, rich sound we have come to expect from them are there when needed. It is too bad she has disappeared from the recording scene.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a05654) out of 5 stars One of her bests 6 April 2004
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This is my most favorite disc among Chung's many excellent records.
Specially for Tchaikovsky, it seems like the characters of the piece and the player has come to such a match. There're tons of records for this much loved concerto, and some can be told as more solid, powerful, and technically more brilliant; yet I wonder if there's one that can be a comparison to Chung's interpretation in the terms of passion and (more importantly) lasting frechness. She really makes this worn-out piece alive and dynamic.
Menselssohn is wonderful too. This another too-often-played music is so lovely in itself that it is even more difficult to find the orginal colour and understanding of a player's own. And Kyung Wha Chung manages it up to such an extend.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a05d38) out of 5 stars Lyrical majesty - Real music 18 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is music that touches the heart. It seems to flow from the speakers and into the listener. Wonderful violin tone, a spacious recorded ambience, and virtuoso playing - these are there but are secondary to the musical experience.
Hard to believe that this was the first major recording of a young violinist. This is a keeper.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a05c78) out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this at a recommendation of a person in charge of a classical music section. I like this CD a lot. I've been listening to it for years. Her passionate delivery really moves me.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a05d8c) out of 5 stars Marvelous! 1 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not since the late David Oistrakh has the Mendelssohn concerto been performed with such fervent passion and artistry. I first heard this recording while listening to public radio in my car and was so transported with delight that I almost drove off the road!
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