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Adams * Korngold: Adams Violin Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

Adams * Korngold: Adams Violin Concerto

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Adams * Korngold

Adams Violin Concerto (a) Korngold Violin Concerto, Op 35 (b) llya Gringolts vn Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra / (a) Santtu-Matias Rouvali, (b) Julien Salemkour Orchid (F) ORC100066 (57' * DDD)

Ilya Gringolts plays with a ferocity that--in tandem with taut rhythmic control--adroitly avoids even the slightest hint of frenzy. And yet, for all its intensity and firmness of grip, there's an equally riveting sense of spontaneity to his playing, too--particularly in Adams's Concerto, with its intricately variegated, continuous solo part.

Gringolts phrases assertively and with such expressive agility that at times in the first movement it sounds as if the violin and orchestra are working independently yet in sync, like separate gears in a great machine. He imbues the slow, central Chaconne with an air of acute melancholy that's deeply affecting, while creating an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of tone colour. Listen, for instance, at 4'15", where his sound suddenly becomes gritty and choked with emotion, then a few seconds later suggests a sweeter ache as the melody takes wing. …

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