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Elgar & Finzi Violin Concertos

Ning Feng

Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi

SKU: 40218

Year of release: 2018

Elgar - Concerto in B minor for Violin and Orchestra 51:37
1. I. Allegro Edward Elgar 18:40
2. II. Andante Edward Elgar 12:32
3. III. Allegro Edward Elgar 20:24
Finzi - Violin Concerto 19:28
4. I. Allegro Gerald Finzi 05:44
5. II. Molto sereno Gerald Finzi 09:46
6. III. Hornpipe Rondo - Allegro risoluto Gerald Finzi 03:57
Total time: 71:05

About this album

The violin was Edward Elgar’s own instrument and his Violin Concerto is
almost like a personal confession: it was ‘too emotional’, Elgar admitted,
adding that he loved it nonetheless. The solo part is one of the most
exhausting in the repertoire – a veritable compendium of bravura violin
techniques. In an interview, Fritz Kreisler, to whom the Violin Concerto is
dedicated, ranked Elgar with Beethoven and Brahms. Elgar met the
challenge: his Violin Concerto combines the singing quality of Beethoven with the symphonic drama of Brahms.

The London-born Gerald Finzi was in many ways more English than Elgar
and his teacher Ralph Vaughan Williams. As can be heard in his Violin
Concerto, a well kept secret from 1927, that had its first performance after
the premiere only in 1999. The work lasts twenty minutes: a six-minute
allegro, a superb central ten-minute molto sereno, and ending with a four-minute
hornpipe rondo. It is difficult to understand why Finzi was
dissatisfied with his two fast movements. The first combines beauty with
energy. Through its sheer romantic beauty, the molto sereno is one of
t hose pieces where the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

from liner notes by Clemens Romijn

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De Gelderlander

"Elgar's Violin Concerto bursts of passion, especially by the emotional approach of Ning Feng. In an engaging way, he combines lyricism (Andante!) ​w​ith ​bravura and it is excellently supported by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the ​baton of the Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto."

MusicWeb International

Ning Feng is the subtle protagonist, a metrically flexible player whose dynamics are astutely judged and whose technique is up to the demands of the Elgar. His tone production is intriguing, his colouring and coiling of the line - his use of the right hand in particular in these respects – ear-catching in the extreme. His is a supple stylist too, capable of graphic delicacy and refinement, and very sweet toned indeed throughout the compass. He doesn’t avoid expressive shifts either, which is stylistically apt, nor does he make an especially big sound. He doesn’t cut through the orchestra like a rapier, preferring a certain plasticity in his lyricism.

Gramophone Podcast

(...) the same orchestra (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) gives glorious support to Ning Feng in Gerald Finzi's Violin Concerto in an impressive new recording that has the Elgar concerto as coupling. (...)

De Gelderlander - 4 stars

(...) Elgar's Violin Concerto bursts of passion, especially by the emotional approach of Ning Feng. In an engaging way, he combines lyricism (Andante!) with bravura and it is excellently supported by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. (...) (...) De passie straalt er van af. Vooral in de emotionele aanpak van Ning Feng. Die combineert op een innemende wijze lyriek (Andante!) met bravoure en wordt daarbij voortreffelijk ondersteund door het Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra onder leiding van de Mexicaanse dirigent Carlos Miguel Prieto. (...)

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EquimentPyramix
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording Notes

Special thanks to Mr. Chong Long for his generosity and support for this recording.

Recording FormatDSD64fs
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD Grimm A/D 64fs - Pyramix Editing/Merging Technologies
Recording DateFebruary 2017
Recording LocationLiverpool Philharmonic Hall
Recording EngineerJared Sacks & Assistant recording engineers: Ausma Lace, Chris Tann (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
ProductionJared Sacks