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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1&2; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen Cho-Liang Lin
Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1&2; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D
Genre: Classical
 
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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1&2; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D / Cho-Liang Lin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen

      
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All Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen Cho-Liang Lin
Title: Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1&2; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D
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Label: Sony Classical
Release Date: 12/30/2009
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074645396927

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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1&2; Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D / Cho-Liang Lin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen
 

CD Reviews

Don't miss this!
J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 01/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Stravinsky is a giant of a piece, and Cho-Liang Lin rocks! His playing is outrageously fine, constantly and completely. The nuances of his musical hearing are a wonder to behold time and time again! He claims the magisterial Stravinsky with all fires lit, and leaves the competition in the dark! It's as inevitable a performance as you will ever hear from a master of Music. The Prokofiev is so strong and beautiful, and the First Concerto, especially, so brilliantly composed, it's difficult to complain that we hardly need more Prokofiev concertos, so I won't. Lin's sheer musicianship is startling; his is an original and musicianly vision of kingly proportions, and so pure at times it takes your breath away. His magnificent musical aesthetic comes full circle between the Prokofiev and the Stravinsky, each advance coming rightfully from the one before, set in an extraordinary musical understanding that seems to know no boundaries but beauty in Cho-Liang Lin. And the fiddles he uses, especially the Guarneri del Gesu, are to my ear without peer among the instruments of the great modern violinists recording today! If you want to know HOW a great violinist 'hears', listen to the timbre of the instrument he chooses to play! This is a great recording - don't miss it!"
One of the best. Absolutely amazing.
wooj | Chicago, IL USA | 05/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Both Stravinsky's and Prokofiev's violin concertos are absolute masterpieces, although they may take some time to absorb if you are used to more classical-era composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. Once you "find the groove" in these works, you'll be intoxicated and thrilled by both the score and the performance. Cho-Liang Lin is a dazzling genius in this recording -- his playing is just electrifying and superb. The different sounds he creates, which I cannot describe in words, are part of those living tributes that make the violin such a great instrument. Salonen's conducting is great, creates a wonderful ambience for Lin's heavenly violin, and is very convincing. The second movement of Prokofiev's no.2 is truly beautiful. Out of my collection of over 300 classical CD's, this stands as one of the best. A must-have for any serious fan of classical music and/or good music. Just buy it."
Definitive Performances of Three Great Concerti
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording from 1994 is one of those 'must have' recordings: the pairing of Cho-Liang Lin with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic is a collaborative coups that remain the gold standard, even though obtaining this recording is becoming increasingly difficult. Hopefully it will be re-issued soon.

Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 is the less performed of the two and in many ways that position of importance should be reversed! Though the Second concerto is rich with melody and characteristic of Prokofiev's mature compositional skills and excruciating demands on the soloist, the First concerto contains moments of musical dichotomy and cultural/sociopolitical clash that informed Prokofiev's creation of the work in the stormy year of 1917. It is all here: the bristling motoric changes in tempi and the testy atonality of the new music of the era are equally balanced with some of the most 'Russian' of folk melodies and passion. Technically challenging while demanding in heart, Lin gives it his all, allowing his incomparable virtuosity to enhance the moments of soaring beauty of line with a tone so rich it feels like cream. His performance of the Second concerto is equally exciting: he is ever in control of the demonic lines while allowing the pulsating melodic lines to flow with natural, almost ethereal grace.

Lin's (and Salonen's for that matter) affinity for Stravinsky has never been better served than in his impeccable performance of the Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra. He understands the bite, acerbic wit, and neoclassical aspects of this challenging work like few others. And here again, as with the Prokofiev works, Salonen and the LA Phil provide synchronous collaboration with that is exceptional and exciting. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, January 06"