Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: 'Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra' Violin Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: 'Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra' Violin Concerto

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Tchaikovsky 'Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra' Violin Concerto, Op 35. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op 42 torch Glazunov). Serenade melancolique, Op 26. Valse-Scherzo, Op 34 Jennifer Koh vn Odense Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Vedernikov Cedille (F) CDR90000166 (74' * DDD)

This recording completes a circular journey for Jennifer Koh. In 1992 the American violinist was conducted by Alexander Vedernikov in the final round of the very first International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In the same year, she debuted with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Now, all three are united in a recording of Tchaikovsky's complete works for violin and orchestra.

Koh's sound is toasty warm, a golden darkness to her lower register, with lashings of vibrato. Her reading of the Concerto is expansive. Like the river in Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, it is grown-up, knows exactly where it's going and is in no particular hurry to get there. It's a comfortable reading to really wallow in. Koh's playing is assured in the Allegro moderato, full of romantic yearning, the dynamics in the fiendish cadenza beautifully gradated. The sluggish tempo of the Canzonetta is definitely slower than crotchet=84--for which Vedernikov must shoulder some of the blame--and many will feel it meanders without any sense of purpose. …

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