Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen plays Prokofiev

Prokofiev composed two violin concertos, and the second is one of my all-time favorites. The composer gives us some soaring melodies, and several episodes of heart – wrenching wailing that Ms. Jansen succeeds in communicating to the listener.

For this CD, Janine Jansen is accompanied in the concerto by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its Russian-born Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. When she played the work with the LPO in London as part of its 2012 Prokofiev festival, the London Times identified her as “a violinist who is right now on matchless form … a player that you follow wherever she leads”

Tracks on this recording are as follows:


  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski conducting
  • Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, with Boris Brovtsyn (violin)
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80, with Itamar Golan (piano)

Performed by Janine Jansen (violin)

Composed in the mid1930’s, when he was about to return to the USSR, Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved Violin Concerto No.2 gives the listener some of the same accessible tunefulness and emotional directness as his popular ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, whose love music is beautifully recalled in the song-like lyricism of the concerto’s slow movement.

For contrast, the concerto is coupled on this CD with two chamber works conceived in the same period: the stark yet 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 Stalin’s Great Terror and the subsequent World War.

Here is Janine Jansen as she performs the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63



And next, here are Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo in the Sonata for two violins Op. 56 by Prokofiev:




Finally, let’s return to the violin concerto, and listen to Janine Jansen perform the amazing second movement from Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2:


Is that gorgeous? Or what?


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