Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Carl August Nielsen
Performer: Jiyoon Lee – violin
Orchestra: Odense Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kristiina Poska
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 88,2kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Orchid Classics
Size: 1.04 GB
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Jiyoon Lee, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Kristiina Poska / Korngold & Nielsen – Violin Concertos
BBC Music Magazine September 2018 Concerto Choice
Gramophone Magazine Awards Issue 2018 Editor’s Choice
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 26:49
01. I. Moderato nobile 9:39
02. II. Romance. Andante 9:25
03. III. Finale. Allegro assai vivace 7:45
Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (FS61) 37:46
04. I. Prelude. Largo – Allegro cavalleresco 20:29
05. IIa. Poco adagio 6:46
06. IIb. Rondo. Allegretto scherzando 10:31
Recorded: 26-28 June 2017
Recording Venue: Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark
Jiyoon Lee was joint first prize winner of the 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, with jury President Nikolaj Znaider exclaiming that ‘her playing was immediately a breath of fresh air…she is a terrific violinist and I can see her going very far…’ Such praise has marked Jiyoon out as a genuine talent to watch, already being engaged as soloist with the Swedish Chamber, Seoul Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras. This, her debut recording, brings the much loved violin concerto of Erich Korngold together with the lesser known, highly demanding work of Carl Nielsen. It was Jiyoon’s interpretation of the latter which led Znaider to continue ‘She has lightness in her playing and yet she is a musician who takes very seriously her craft.’
BBC Music Magazine
Lee’s playing is full-toned, consistent and energetic, besides technically spot-on, and she brings out to excellent effect the Korngold Concerto’s first movement’s yearning character, and the mysterious by ways of the second.
Her interpretation [of the Nielsen] is consistently fascinating, reflective yet tense, and technically secure without ever becoming self-consciously showy…It’s a superb performance…On this showing she is a remarkable artist, and this is, without question, an exceptional debut disc.
Jiyoon Lee plays with an impish lightness of touch and executes the cadenza with superb technical assurance. In the Poco Adagio, her playing is gentle and introspective. In the Rondo she is skittish and witty, before entering the severe world of the cadenza, which she plays with focused power.
Make no mistake, Jiyoon Lee is a major talent (and Kristiina Poska shouldn’t be left out of this equation), a sensitive and searching artist, with bags of confidence.
The Arts Desk
Ravishing orchestral playing makes this version a treat: the slow movement’s opening is pretty special, a refulgent cushion for Lee to soar above. Vibraphone and harp are splendidly audible: it’s all pretty special. The fruity horn blast near the end of the finale is spectacular, as are Lee’s pyrotechnics. Production values are impressive too: this disc sounds good at any volume.