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Vigorous and Rough-Edged,
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
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'.)