Frang, Vilde

Nielsen, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

CD
4 Jun 2012

Barcode: 5099960257024

Other participants: Vilde Frang, Violin * Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra * Eivind Gullberg Jensen

In her third release for Warner Classics the energetic young Norwegian violinist continues the idea of Nordic and Russian concerto pairings established with Sibelius and Prokofiev Concertos on her first album. Here the famous romance of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved violin concerto and Scandinavian poise and unique colouring of Nielsen’s concerto are presented in a rare coupling together on disc.

Danish composer Carl Nielsen wrote his violin concerto during the summer of 1911, in a small Norwegian lakeside hut belonging to fellow composer Edvard Grieg. The concerto is very close to Vilde’s heart, being written in her homeland Norway and premiered in Scandinavia by Danish violinist Peder Møller and the Royal Danish Orchestra. It is a work she is very keen to record and champion. The concerto is unashamedly developed around enticing melodies, giving it a delicacy and simplicity and conjuring up that sense of spaciousness which is so much a part of Scandinavia’s musical and physical landscape.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto needs little introduction and is perhaps the most famous of all violin compositions. It is also regarded as one of the most technically difficult pieces in the repertoire and so is a brilliant showcase for Vilde’s hugely assured virtuosity.

Vilde recorded her debut album with Warner Classics at the age of 22. The recording of Violin Concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev released in January 2010 was enthusiastically reviewed “rarely has this music sounded so tender, so intimate or so lyrical” (Financial Times) and Independent Record Review called her “prodigiously gifted”. The disc won Best Classical Release at the Norwegian Grammy Awards.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 I. Allegro moderato: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Opus 35  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
02 II. Canzonetta (Andante): Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Opus 35  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
03 III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo): Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Opus 35  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
04 I. Part I: Praeludium - Largo: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 33  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
05 II. Part I: Allegro cavalleresco: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 33  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
06 III. Part 2: Poco Adagio: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 33  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 
07 IV. Part 2: Rondo: Allegretto scherzando: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Opus 33  - Vilde Frang/Eivind Gullberg Jensen/Danish National 


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