I have followed the career and the music of several amazing, living violinists over the years. Included are Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, and many more. For me, violinist Janine Jansen has emerged at the top for one key reason: I connect with the high passion of her performances. Music is about feelings, and emotions, and passion. And Ms. Jansen puts these feelings out there for all to see.
She has a distinctive, warm, romantic sound, and she is willing to explore music written a long time ago and to give it new, meaningful interpretations.
In this recording, we get a terrific reading of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto coupled with his Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher. The CD tracks are as follows:
1. Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 – 1. Allegro Moderato
2. Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 – 2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 – 3. Finale (Allegro Vivacissimo)
4. Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher, Op.42 – Arr. Strings – 1. Meditation
5. Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher, Op.42 – Arr. Strings – 2. Scherzo
6. Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher, Op.42 – Arr. Strings – 3. Mélodie
Try to listen carefully to the videos that are posted below. I, personally, like artists whobring something new to a performance, particularly a work that has been played since the 1800’s. Ms. Jansen teams with a chamber orchestra, and this in itself creates a more intimate reading.
Here is Janine Jansen as she performs the Tchaikovsky Violin concerto, first movement:
And here she is as she introduces her interpretation of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher at a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding:
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