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Nielsen: Works for Violin, Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

Nielsen: Works for Violin, Vol 2'

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Nielsen [G]

Works for Violin, Vol 2'

Violin Concerto, Op 33. Prelude and Theme with Variations, Op 48. Prelude and Presto, Op 52

Cecilia Zilliacus vn Helsingborg Symphony

Orchestra / Daniel Blendulf

dB Productions (F) DBCD162 (66' * DDD)

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No one takes on the Nielsen Violin Concerto lightly. Its technical demands are not a whit less than those of the Sibelius Concerto, and its range of moods is wider --from neo-baroque monumentality at the opening, through a 'chivalric' Allegro to a frisky finale, by way of passages of dreamily poetic wonder. Artists of the order of Vengerov and Znaider certainly have all the required instrumental command. But others such as the Norwegian Vilde Frang and now the Swede Cecilia Zilliacus show a subtler appreciation of the idiom. Flexible yet sturdy, Zilliacus treats the concerto like a special friend whom she is proud and delighted to share with anyone in her orbit. Daniel Blendulf and his Helsingborgians are sympathetic partners, and the balance between soloist and orchestra is a fraction more realistic than with Frang and the Danish Radio (who, however, show an even keener appreciation for Nielsen's quieter moments). …

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