Prokofiev

Album review
Prokofiev

Janine Jansen

Prokofiev

Label: Decca
Media: CD
Genre: Classical
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Jansen opens this album with the Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op. 63, Allegro Moderato. The haunting tones of the opening bars give the listener an immediate taste of this young Dutch musicians ability. She has a reputation for her use of musical interpretation of the scores and less so on accuracy of notes, rather she would convey the emotion she feels through accents and clever use of bow and or fingering. She currently plays on a Stradivarius ‘Barrere’ crafted in 1727. 

Jurowski received wide acclaim for his leadership of Nabucco at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1996. He has many guest and principal leadership titles under his belt, including that of Musical Director for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

The disc is a great example of the wonderful ability that Prokofiev possessed; you hear a number of different melodies being played on different instruments and variations and imitations in other places. The London Philharmonic Orchestra accompany Jansen in a sympathetic way too. Clearly this is a very well-produced CD, and one of the better Prokofiev compilations I have heard for some time.

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