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SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / SINDING: Violin Concerto No. 1

Composer(s):Sibelius, JeanSinding, Christian
Artist(s) Engeset, Bjarte, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraKraggerud, Henning, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557266
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Sibelius ranks as one of the most important and strikingly original symphonic composers of the twentieth century. His Violin Concerto, a wonderful synthesis of technical brilliance and poignant, deeply-felt melody, is one of the greatest concertos in the repertoire. It is coupled on this disc with the rarely recorded Violin Concerto No. 1, by Christian Sinding, widely remembered as the composer of The Rustle of Spring. Written within the German late Romantic tradition, the Concerto exudes cheerful ebullience and lyrical charm, a world away from the mysterious, haunting, desolate yet beautiful Scandinavia of Sibelius. The Romance, Op. 100 here receives its world première recording.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Henning Kraggerud also gives a powerful, red-blooded reading of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, treating it as a work very much in the great Romantic tradition. He may lack some of the deeper, more inward qualities that the very finest versions posses, but, with an unusual and very attractive coupling, it stands out among the bargain recommendations. The poignant G minor Serenade is also well served.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Henning Kraggerud’s powerful reading of the Sibelius Violin Concerto comes here with an unusual and attractive coupling in another Scandinavian Violin Concerto, the first of the three written by the Norwegian Christian Sinding. Though the opening theme in this work is a barefaced crib from the finale of the Brahms Violin Concerto, Sinding’s individual voice is quickly established in the full-blooded first movement, leading to a darkly intense slow movement and dance-like finale. The shorter piece nicely points the contrast of character between the two composers. Full, vivid sound.

Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph. D,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,January 2007

Soloist Kraggerud plays a 1744 Guarneri del Gesu violin once owned by Ole Bull, the 19th century Norwegian virtuoso and folk music champion. It was provided for this recording by a Taiwanese cultural foundation, and has obviously inspired the violinist to stellar heights of playing. Of the two concerti, I thought the rarely-recorded Sinding came off as more exciting, plus the fact that this is a world premiere recording of the lovely Romance in D. A truly international collaboration and a very happy one!


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