Adele’s Sibelius

Ross Edwards & Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Edwards, Ross:

  • Maninyas – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


  • Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Adele Anthony, violin, performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arvo Volmer

Some years ago, I heard a recording of music performed by Adele Anthony, and I did not respond all that positively. Perhaps I did not listen closely enough. When I came across this new recording, I listened again. The Sibelius concerto is one of my great favorites, so I wanted to explore what Ms. Anthony would do with it. This time, I immediately heard sounds that captivated my attention: Warm, warm tone, excellent technique, and fine musical expression.

At the age of 13, Ms. Anthony was the youngest winner of the Australian Broadcasting Corporations Instrumental and Vocal Competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She returned to her home city of Adelaide, Australia to make this recording with conductor Arvo Volmer.

A critic in the Chronicle Herald observed of Adele Anthony’s May 2011 performance of the Sibelius concerto with the Nova Scotia Symphony that her rhythm was ‘as sharp as a skyscraper’, with ‘her consistently full, even, warm tone impeccably tuned and maintained across every register, every range and every dynamic level.’

The second work on this CD is Ross Edward’s Violin Concerto, “Maninyas”. This work enjoyed its’ European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2010 under the baton of Vladimir Askenazy with violinist Dene Olding. It had its US premiere in 2008 with soloist Ani Kavafian conducted by William Boughton.

Here is a video of Adele Anthony, violin, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto (finale):

And to hear Ms. Anthony performing with Gil Shaham, click HERE:

This CD will be released on September 27, 2011

Tags: Adele Anthony, Sibelius, Arvo Volmer

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