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Vilde Frang performs Korngold's and Britten's violin concertos
27 March 2016
The young and talented Vilde Frang is the winner of the 2015 ECHO Klassic Award for Concert Recording of the Year for music up to and including the 18th century.
In the present compilation the artist performs two twentieth century works, Korngold's and Britten's violin concertos.
Korngold's is a late romantic work while Britten's a dramatic violin concerto. But the difference in character is minor compared with the stark difference in quality between the two concertos. Korngold's is a facile work with each of its three movements reworked from music he had written for three previous movies; in parts of the concert the line between the romantic and the saccharine is indeed very thin. By contrast Britten's is a veritable masterpiece, one of the great dramas in the violin repertoire; technically inventive, composition ally rigorous with difficult passages, with chromatic and tonal variations, powerful, passionate, and dramatic. The demanding music provided the opportunity to the young violinist to flourish and display her virtuosity and talent.
In concluding I have to confess that it was a very rare event for me to encounter in relief in a single disc such stark difference in the intrinsic merit of the music between two works.