Jansen’s Prokofiev

Janine Jansen plays Prokofiev


  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

Performed by Janine Jansen (violin), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

This CD will be issued October 16, 2012

I have posted before about how much I enjoy Janine Jansen’s playing. She was born in the Netherlands, and she has become known for her passionate playing and her terrific technique.

For this release, Jansen is accompanied in the concerto by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. When she played the work in London as part of its 2012 “Prokofiev: Man of the People” festival, the Times hailed her as “a violinist who is right now on matchless form … a player that you follow wherever she leads”

Prokofiev’s wonderful Violin Concerto No.2 shows us the same tunefulness and emotional directness as his  popular ballet Romeo and Juliet. I have always loved the soaring, song-like lyricism of the concerto’s slow movement.

On this CD, the concerto is coupled with two chamber works by Prokofiev: the expressive Sonata for Two Violins (1932) and the darkly tragic Violin Sonata No.1 (1938–46), which constitutes the composer’s memorial to those many friends and colleagues lost during World War II.

Here is Ms. Jansen in a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63 in G-minor



And here are Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo in S Prokofiev’s Sonata for two violins OP 56 –



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