February 02, 2016

Vilde Frang's new Korngold & Britten album is Gramophone Recording of the Month

The Norwegian violinist gives "urgently communicative, potentially transformative accounts" of these concertos.

Vilde Frang's highly-anticipated new album, due out this February, has already won over the critics. Gramophone has selected the Norwegian violinist's Korngold & Britten concertos as Recording of the Month, praising the brave, unique coupling, the incisive support of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan, and Frang's exciting...sensational" playing.

"If you’ve been impressed by her previous releases you’ll already have this one marked down as a compulsory purchase and likely Awards contender," writes Gramophone.

Gramophone declares Frang's performance of the thorny Britten concerto "a remarkable rendition, at once spacious and tautly held together, cool where it needs to be but eminently emotive with just the right kind of ‘perilous sweetness’. The soloist’s tone is never remotely wiry or frayed and the harmonics are simply sensational."

The critic also finds the Korngold Violin Concerto "deeply satisfying" under Frang's bow. "Playing with almost intimidating dexterity and polish, not to mention impeccable intonation, her music-making still manages to project an impression of honesty and naturalness.

"James Gaffigan, whose international career was launched in Frankfurt at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, is with her every step of the way, as is the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra."

Read the full review here. Vilde Frang's Britten & Korngold Violin Concertos is out February 2016.