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Mendelssohn/Sibelius Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 24 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000006309
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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1. First movement - Allegro molto appassionato
2. Second movement - Andante - Allegretto non troppo
3. Third movement - Allegro molto vivace
4. First movement - Allegro moderato
5. Second movement - Adagio di molto
6. Third movement - Allegro ma non tanto

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Sarah Chang opens the Mendelssohn concerto with a big, wide vibrato, making this lightly romantic work sound overtly sentimental. Such was her treatment of the first movement--rendering it heavily romantic. At first I was not used to this kind of interpretation, but then I started to appreciate it, and finally, love it. The third movement is simply flawless, musically and technically.
Her Sibelius is of the standard Julliard-type. One cannot really blame her for not giving a personalized interpretation of this work; after all, it's been recorded over 50 times, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to form an individual interpretation, especially when most of today's young players are taught to remain faithful to the score. I did not adore her tone recorded in this live concert--a bit harsh in my opinion. Her technique was near-perfect.
I'd like to point out one place in the first movt. of the Sibelius where I thought her rendition was the best ever. It's right before the coda, the twelve measures before no. 11 of the score, this very long trill of an A. The soloist's and orchestra's playing of crescendo and diminuendo are in perfect unity. The soloist's sound nearly disappears when the orchestra plays pianissimo pizzicato. These compelling rise and fall in dynamics are not marked on the score.
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I've been a fan of Miss Chang's since her debut and I've been looking forward to the release of this disc, but this CD is a total disappointment. I can't believe this was recorded by the very artist who played Vieuxtemps so wonderfully. I also can't figure out what Miss Chang was thinking when she was playing Mendelsshon. Her Mendelsshon is filled with emotions, but the articulation isn't good enough. As to Sibelius, Miss Chang's fingering and intonation is awesome, but falis to express the depth of emotions in this concerto. Besides, her playing doesn't sound effortful. I hope she will do better on her next disc. She still seems to be able to do anything with the instrument.
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At first, this would seem to be an unusual pairing of concertos- it's usually Mendelssohn with Bruch. But it works very well. Chang's tone in the Mendelssohn is very clear and bright. It's just impossible for her to hit an out of tune note. The whole thing is just beautiful. As for the Sibelius, this a live recording and her tone is a little rough. But it still is terrific, especially the 1st movement, much darker than the Mendelssohn. What a great CD!
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Highly recommended. She interprets the difficult piece without breaking a stride.
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Best interpretion of Sibelius violin concerto!
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