Beethoven · Briten: Violin Concertos

Posted by i kadek Mardika on Monday, March 12, 2012

“Janine Jansen has a rare ability to communicate her thought and feelings about the music while appearing to play in a simple, straightforward manner. The small variations of colour, pressure and emphasis that bring this about transmit a sensation of intense inner life. Whereas others may bring a warmer, more sensuous tone to the Beethoven Concerto... this account turns out to be as absorbing and satisfying as any recent recording.

The Britten is very well recorded, too. ...Jansen shows the work's more uncomfortable, angular side. The irregular rhythms and sharp contrasts of the central Vivace are... sharply delineated and, towards the end of the concluding Passacaglia, Jansen builds to a painful degree of intensity and desperation.” --The Gramophone

“I was completely won over… by Jansen's Britten. Passionately intense in the opening movement, suitably malevolent throughout the Prokofiev-inspired Scherzo and heart-achingly poignant in the closing bars of the Passacaglia…” --BBC Music Magazine

“Thanks to this brilliant recording, Britten’s concerto emerges with its stature much enhanced...[Jansen] rises to its technical challenges, conveys its passionate intensity without exaggeration and plumbs its moods of innocence, restlessness and despair.” --Financial Times ***

“Her playing is sensationally good, in the Romantic tradition, and she proves an intense, impassioned advocate for Britten’s still neglected work.” --The Sunday Times ****

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