[ Warner Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017
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Vilde Frang's Encores is more than a captivating programme of short pieces for violin and piano, it is also a homage to the players of the Golden Age of the Violin, such as Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Auer and Joseph Szigeti. The recital includes music originally conceived not just for the violin, but also for piano, orchestra or voice, and proves once again, as BBC Music Magazine wrote, that "Frang has the knack of breathing life into every note, whether by variations in phrasing, attack, tone or dynamic."
Vilde Frang has conceived the album as something of a homage to her illustrious predecessors. Born in 1986, she is clearly very much a violinist of today, and - as a Norwegian trained in Germany - she did not grow up in the Central and Eastern-European tradition of Heifetz, Kreisler, Auer and Szigeti. That being said, she brings her own, distinctively captivating magic to her instrument. As Gramophone wrote of her performance of the Korngold concerto, a work that has its roots in the composer's glorious late-Romantic scores for Hollywood: "Frang has a winning way with the rubato that makes the melodies yearn and smile, but there's a fragile thread of silver woven through her passagework that bounces off the glinting accompaniment of the Frankfurt RSO as an opalescent gown catches the light in a mirrored ballroom. Fresh thought illuminates each phrase and she has the technique to bring off every idea, from the wild caprice of the first movement's dash to the double-bar, to a coquettish (or demure?) restraint in the finale's big tune."
"Norwegian Violin virtuoso Vilde Frang (b. 1986) pays literal homage to the pedagogues and luminaries of the past with seventeen pieces and arrangements (rec. March 2017) made for her chosen instrument by the likes of Auer, Kreisler, Heifetz, and Szigeti. Frang performs on an 1854 Jean-Baptiste Vauillaume, opening her suave program with an "undoctored" original piece from 1925, La capricciosa, by Franz Ries (1846-1932), a work that slides and cavorts in flirtatious gestures, then breaks into a spiffy version of a Brahms Hungarian Dance. Vilde Frang "indulges" her talents by paying homage to composers in transcriptions by masters of her instrument." AudAud.com
"Frang is on supremely agile and graceful form, but it's rather a musical pick-and-mix." BBC Music
Ries, Franz: La Capricciosa
Schumann: Schumann / Arr. Auer: Myrthen, Op. 25: I. Widmung
Wieniawski: Mazurka in G Major, Op. 19 No. 1, "Obertass"
Gluck: Gluck / Arr. Kreisler: Mélodie (From Orfeo ed Euricide, Wq. 30)
Schubert: Schubert / Arr. Kreisler: Ballet Music (From Rosamunde, Op. 26, D. 797)
Irène Poldowski: Tango
Debussy: Debussy / Arr. Roques: La plus que lente, L. 121: Valse
Wieniawski: Wieniawski / Arr. Kreisler: Caprice in E-Flat Major (Alla saltarella), Op. 10 No. 10
Scriabin: Scriabin / Arr. Szigeti: Etude in D-Flat Major, Op. 8 No. 10
Kreisler: Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven
Kreisler: Gypsy Caprice
Dvorak: Dvorak / Kreisler: Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 46 No. 2
Prokofiev: Prokofiev / Arr. Heifetz: Masks (From Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64)
Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn / Arr. Kreisler: Song without words, Op. 62 No. 1
Albéniz: Albéniz / Arr. Heifetz: Sevilla (From Suite Española, Op. 47)
Jonathan Tunick, Ponce Manuel: Ponce / Arr Heifetz: Estrellita
Bazzini: Calabrese, Op. 34, No. 6