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"The young Dutch virtuosa commands a wizardly bow arm with which she pulled colours from her instrument ... I haven't heard since the great Nathan Milstein's heyday" -- Chicago Tribune

"In the first half, Janine Jansen made Beethoven's Violin Concerto sound new-minted. Her genius was to give the illusion that she was inventing the work there and then, improvising with spontaneity" -- Classical Source

"Jansen is a completely winning soloist, with consistently lovely sound, a superb technique that is always at the service of the music, and a rare instinct for how and when to build towards climaxes." -- Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, Feb 2007

"The soloist Janine Jansen produced a sensationally delicate sound on her violin that animated the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to an exceptionally sensitive accompaniment. (...) Janine Jansen not only appealed in the Larghetto, but performed magic in the breathtaking cadenzas with her flawless sound- even in the highest scales. Plus, there was so much spirit in her playing that without exaggeration one can refer to a Beethoven-magic moment. Applause and acclaim lasted for several minutes from all involved" -- Weser Kurier

"Whenever a violin repertory piece needs revitalising, there's one simple solution. Hire Janine Jansen to play it" -- The Times

About the Artist

Ever since her Concertgebouw debut in 1997, Janine Jansen has been a huge star in her native Holland. Today she is internationally recognised as one of the great violinists - a truly exciting and versatile artist.

Her London debut in November 2002, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, was quickly followed by invitations with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Sydney Symphony. She has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Andrew Davies, Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mikhail Pletnev, and Edo de Waart.

Janine Jansen has an exclusive recording contract with Decca (Universal Music Group) and received great acclaim for her recording of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: BBC Music Magazine praised the "ravishing sequence of captivating sonorities that grow naturally out of the music rather than being superimposed on it". Her latest disc, which features the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin concertos with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, has already been awarded a golden disc for sales in the Netherlands.

Janine was a BBC New Generation Artist and in July 2003 made her debut at the BBC Proms. In 2005 she was centrepiece of the First Night of the BBC Proms, performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the BBC Symphony and Sir Roger Norrington live for television on BBC One.

In the 2007/08 season Janine Jansen makes US debuts with New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Maazel and Los Angeles Philharmonic under Edo de Waart, while returning to Cleveland Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. European engagements include performances with London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle under Daniel Harding, Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and BBC Philharmonic among others. Further highlights include a major European tour with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi as well as a tour of Japan with SWR Stuttgart under Sir Roger Norrington.

Janine is a devoted performer of chamber music. She established and curates the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, and since 1998 she has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, an important chamber music series in the Berlin Philharmonie. Her chamber partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Julian Rachlin, Kathryn Stott, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Maxim Vengerov. Since the 2006/07 season Janine has been part of the Junge Wilde Series at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn, and, most recently, with Boris Belkin. In September 2003 she received the Dutch Music Prize from the Ministry of Culture - the highest distinction an artist can receive in The Netherlands. She received the Edison Classic Public Award in 2004 and in 2005, as well as an Echo award for her Vivaldi recording in 2006. Her latest album achieved Gold sales within the first few weeks of its release. The outstanding instrument being used by Janine Jansen is the violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, `Barrere' - on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Fund through intermediation of The Stradivari Society® of Chicago.


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 1. Allegro Ma Non TroppoPaavo Järvi22:58Album Only
  2. Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 2. LarghettoPaavo Järvi 8:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Paavo Järvi 9:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 1. Moderato Con MotoPaavo Järvi 9:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Britten: Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 2. VivacePaavo Järvi 8:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Violin Concerto, Op.15 - 3. Passacaglia; Andante LentoPaavo Järvi14:30Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B002GJ3MRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John H. Beck on December 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
My short take: if you want your music to push you around, this Beethoven isn't it. If you are willing to step into the circle, stand by Ms. Jansen on the stage as she plays, and let the notes rise up inside you, you will marvel at the Beethoven. In either case, the Britten should just tear you up.

A longer account:

The wonder of music is that we can not only take it in differently, as we do novels and paintings, but that performers can reveal it to us from different directions. I grew up with Jascha Heifetz' recordings of everything violin. I managed classical music stations in Boston and New York City for a dozen years. And the musical presentation I respond to has evolved. Though I'm twice her age, Janine Jansen's interpretations are immensely satisfying for me.

Heifetz was of that generation which hurled the music at you. The performer was a god and you were commanded "Hear!" and "Feel that!" As a young man, all in love with minor keys and outer drama, I loved it, and still do. Jansen's is a different approach. She's from a family of musicians. This is the family business, and like old J.S. Bach, she just pulls it up from her roots.

I first recognized her approach when she did the great Schubert C major Quintet with the group Spectrum Concerts Berlin. (You can find her on many of their Naxos recordings doing wonderful chamber music.) As an adviser to Spectrum I sat in on the rehearsals and thought that they were rather tentative. Then in the splendid thousand seat in-the-round chamber hall of Berlin's Philharmonie I found that I was being invited into a circle of friends, musicians all of us, who had gathered to open up something wonderful that our dear Franz had left behind for us. There were no imperatives -- Hear! Feel! Who needed them?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2010
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Ah - music. Why do we love it so much? First and foremost, because it is beautiful, and stirs in us those deep emotions that words cannot describe. And then, also, because it can't be "proven" - and yet we try.

These recordings by Janine Jansen, especially her Beethoven, have received strikingly contrasting reviews here, from reviewers who all seem knowledgeable and drive their points convincingly - and these reviews have given rise to heated disputes, with some contributors to the ensuing comments pointing out that Jansen's had been voted "the best" version (of Beethoven) by various magazines or panels of critics - as if that were a proof of its value and of the sceptics' misjudgement.

But whoever has some experience with the record magazines will know that such cleavages are customary, and one is often baffled by the seemingly irreconcilable views expressed by apparently equally knowledgeable critics, as if it were not the same interpretation they had heard.

Whenever I've been able to judge for myself, part of those divergences in appreciation derive in fact from differences of knowledge. One's hearing and appreciation are shaped by what we know. Aren't you irked when you read reviews calling a recording "the best ever" when obviously the reviewer has heard only two or three others? In my opinion and practice, only thorough comparative listening enables you to really establish the merits of a given recording. It is not only that knowing all those previous versions, including the "historicals", helps you establish what the new version has to say that hadn't been said before, or how well it says things already said; it also opens your ears and mind to the variety of interpretive approaches that a composition can occasion.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Van Ginkel on November 7, 2009
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Up until now there has been only one review of this album on this site. All I can say is that the reviewer who gave this CD 3 stars must have listened to a different performance. Rather than thin, the sound of the violin is full-bodied, poetic and nuanced. In a word, Janine Jansen's playing is superb, on a superbly beautiful instrument (a Strad), and very well recorded. There may be people who object to the close miking of the soloist that results in hearing the artist breathe, but for me it adds an attractive dimension of realism.

I am familiar with quite a few performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Without hesitation, this is now my absolute favorite. What sets this performance by Janine Jansen (by the way, not just admired by her fellow Dutchmen, but a worldwide phenomenon) apart is the transparency, her outstanding technique and, above all, her gift to show you the line through the entire composition. I recommend this CD to all who want to explore a fresh approach to a well-known concerto.

I was not familiar with the Britten Violin Concerto, but after hearing Janine interpret it, I am surprised how neglected this piece has been over the years. Even though this composition obviously contrasts with the Beethoven, somehow the pairing of the two concerti works well.

Janine chose two different orchestras for these concerti. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is a chamber orchestra of outstanding quality. Although a relatively new ensemble, it has had very talented members from the very beginning, and outstanding conductors, including Daniel Harding (who conducted for Janine in the
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