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  CHSA 5134
  Sibelius: Violin Concerto - Pike, Davis
  Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47; Finlandia, Op. 26; Karelia Suite, Op. 11; Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2); Valse lyrique, Op. 96a; Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1; Andante festivo, JS34b

Jennifer Pike, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Luukas June 15, 2014 (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
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I was thrilled when I heard this disc first time: Jennifer Pike is excellent young violinist, and Andrew Litton and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra are good accompanists.
The disc's most interesting part is Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. I have heard maybe hundreds recordings of this work, but Pike's version raises the highest place. Firstly, her plays this concerto with young artist's energy. Old masters - for example Isaac Stern and David Oistrakh's - pretty good recordings are sometimes too slowly and coldly. Secondly she doesn't afraid Concerto's difficult things, and her's technique is breathtaking: last movement's harmonics and staccatos are like laser, and Chandos label's recording captured Grieg Hall's surrounding acoustic very well. Thirdly Andrew Litton conducts other pieces nicely.
This is excellent introduction to Jean Sibelius' music, if you owned good surround listening equipment. Bravo!

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Works: 7  

Jean Sibelius - Andante Festivo, Op. 117a
Jean Sibelius - Finlandia, Op. 26
Jean Sibelius - Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Jean Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22/2
Jean Sibelius - Valse lyrique, Op. 96a
Jean Sibelius - Valse triste, Op. 44/1
Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47