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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Piano Quintet

Sarah Chang , Leif Ove Andsnes Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op.53, B.108: I. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderatoSarah Chang/Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra12:08Album Only
listen  2. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op.53, B.108: II. Adagio ma non troppoSarah Chang/Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra11:12Album Only
listen  3. Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op.53, B.108: III. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)Sarah Chang/Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra10:34Album Only
listen  4. Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81, B.155: I. Allegro ma non tantoSarah Chang/Leif Ove Andsnes/Alex Kerr/Wolfram Christ/Georg Faust14:00Album Only
listen  5. Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81, B.155: II. Dumka (Andante con moto)Sarah Chang/Leif Ove Andsnes/Alex Kerr/Wolfram Christ/Georg Faust12:26Album Only
listen  6. Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81, B.155: III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivaceSarah Chang/Leif Ove Andsnes/Alex Kerr/Wolfram Christ/Georg Faust 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81, B.155: IV. Finale (Allegro)Sarah Chang/Leif Ove Andsnes/Alex Kerr/Wolfram Christ/Georg Faust 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00008XRSZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've come to admire the Dvorak Violin Concerto, even if it doesn't have the instant tuneful attraction of some of Dvorak's most popular works. On the present recording, we hear Sarah Chang accompanied by Colin Davis and the LSO, a collaboration of big names in a work that has a mean share of recordings when compared with the popular romantic concertos from Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius. In the past I've had worries that Chang can lack charisma, and listening to this recording one hears a confident, full tone, but I find myself wishing for more distinction. This isn't a virtuoso display piece on the level of rival romantic concertos, which Chang takes as a reason to back off and play from a distance.

I don't follow the logic at all; being impersonal isn't a good way to increase impact in any work. As it stands, Chang doesn't keep my attention, and much of the concerto turns into aimless rambling. It doesn't help that Davis' conducting is perfunctory and polite, with the LSO sounding surprisingly ordinary. In all, this reading is a triumph in terms of poised professionalism, as everything moves smoothly with no tics or problems, but the interpretative interest is very low. Hearing the romping finale played through with stern concentration seems wrong-headed. How is the utter lack of high spirits or excitement supposed to work musically? Among modern readings, one would be much better served by Vengerov or Mutter, the latter recorded with Mutter back in partnership with the Berlin Phil, and the orchestral playing is sumptuous.

Things are better in the Piano Quintet Op. 81, where we get to hear players of the first rank. All lines are remarkably clear and on a high level of virtuosity.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings ever! November 9, 2004
By MErdoC
Format:Audio CD
I gotta say that I am not a huge fan of Sarah Chang. I prefer Hahn but I gotta say, after listening to her CD's as an infant (Carmen Fantasy, Vieuxtemps Concerto #5, Lalo Espagnole, Tchaivkosky and Paganini Concertos) and as a teen (Sibel. and Mend. Violin concertos, and Goldmark) I have really taken a liking to Miss Chang.

Miss Chang has probably one of the best techniques. She is more of a virtuoso and so she has a very wide vibrato and plays a lot of pieces with lots of virtuosity. She is one of the best violinist by far.

This violin concerto is just perfect and in terms of interpretation, all of her interpretations are very "ear-friendly" meaning that they are very pleasing to hear.

She starts off the first movement with much virtuosity and attacks every note perfectly. You can hear all of the harmonics she plays, all the notes in tough runs and personally, i could've asked for a better recording of this concerto. (Chang's and Stern's are my favorite) .

Her third movement is done extremely well. Not as fast as Perlman or Stern but everything is just so crystal clear and perfect. She plays the third movement with the light and airy kind of tone that is expected and she pulled it off very well...

I would put this CD as one of my top 10 cd's to have.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE RECORDING TECHNIQUE! May 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This recording was a huge disappointment to me because Ms Chang sounds as if she is played from somewhere out in the alley while the microphone (such as it is) was inside in the midst of the orchestra. I can't comment on the Ms Chang's performance (I'm sure it was well done) because it's next to impossible to hear her over the orchestra. The artists should be ashamed to have their names affiliated with a shabby product like this. Note to EMI: hire some recording engineers!
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Sarah Chang's recording of Dvorak's Violin Concerto with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO has been around for more than a decade now and remains one of the best versions currently before the public. It may not be the absolute best ever (my own favorite is still Perlman's mid-Seventies release with Daniel Barenboim, also with the LSO), but it's close. Different but close.

If there can be such a thing as a feminine approach to a work, that's the difference between this 2001 recording and Perlman's. The Dvorak Violin Concerto is a composition of startling contrasts, yet Chang and Perlman approach them differently. Dvorak meant the first movement to sound somewhat melancholy, almost bittersweet, yet Chang makes it more lyrical, more lilting, more ethereal, while Perlman, still mercurial, seems more granite solid. In the second, slow movement, Dvorak turns his piece into a ballad, interrupted only occasionally by turbulent outbursts, and again it's in these outbursts that Perlman appears slightly more in command. The final movement finds Dvorak returning to his roots in Czech folk music, and here it's a toss-up between Chang and Perlman as to which artist is more idiomatic and which conductor, Sir Colin Davis or Daniel Barenboim, is more supportive and sprightly. Both sets of musicians are certainly very fine, warm and powerful throughout, Ms. Chang dancing through the finale with sensitivity, exuberance, and strength.

The coupling on Chang's disc is Dvorak's Piano Quintet, although to be fair the violin seems always at center stage. It's a long chamber work that's all over the map thematically from exquisitely beautiful poetry to raging storms and everything in between. The group Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance - also available with 4 other Sarah Chang...
This recording of the Violin Concerto and Piano Quintet composed by Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) has Sarah Chang performing with the London Symphony Orchestra,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phil in Magnolia
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very memorable.
Sarah Chang gives an uninspired performance here. I agree with others that the tempo is very sluggish and most noticed in the last movement. Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by J. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but not great...
In Februrary I am going to see Hilary Hahn play the Dvorak concerto in Cleveland and have been acquiring numerous recordings (and a score) of the concerto to familiarize myself... Read more
Published on December 28, 2006 by ViolinGuy05
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have recording.
Sarah Chang is the star here. She does a beautiful job on the Dvorak Violin Concerto. She is an artist to keep up with.

I really ordered this for the Piano Quintet. Read more
Published on August 22, 2006 by ROBERT H. COLCOCK
2.0 out of 5 stars Violin just plods along...
The orchestra is vibrant and alive, but the violin just sort of plods along. I agree with the former reviewer from Washington that this is most noticable in the finale. Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by Jeffrey M. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay... You all say you are great enthusiasts and know a lot
About this topic of violin music and how a musician should play it.

As far as I can remember, differences made violinists special. Read more
Published on October 9, 2004 by SmoothManifolds
3.0 out of 5 stars Slugghish & lackluster
I was very disappointed with this CD. I love both the concerto & the quintet, and looked forward to hearing Sarah Chang's interpretation. Read more
Published on May 7, 2004 by chefdevergue
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Chang: Exhilarating Excitement and Beauty
Sarah Chang is at the same time quick, kinetic and eminently precise. When she pauses during a performance, her silence is equally powerful, for she has just created a magic that... Read more
Published on March 8, 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After reading a glowing review, and loving Dvorak, I bought this CD. I was disappointed. The concerto seemed to lack momentum and for me never really 'got off the ground'. Read more
Published on February 20, 2004 by D. Fuller
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