The story of Kyung Wha Chung’s debut with the LSO a year before this recording makes inspiring reading:
Her next big opportunity came in 1970, when Itzhak Perlman could not come to London for his concert with the London Symphony Orchestra (his wife was giving birth to their child), and Chung was asked to step in at the last minute. The orchestra was initially hostile to Chung, whom they considered an “amateur”. The orchestra started playing the Mendelssohn Violin concerto during the rehearsal, although Chung had been told that she would be playing Tchaikovsky for the concert. She nonetheless played the Mendelssohn concerto perfectly, winning the respect of the orchestra. The rehearsal went smoothly afterwards, and the concert was a success.
Wikipedia, Kyung Wha Chung, July 2013
Talent triumphs – although Previn had a wicked sense of humour.
Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 1971.
I. Allegro molto appassionato 0:00
II. Andante 12:59
III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace 21:06
Martha Argerich, piano; French National Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, in 1990. Martha has been playing this concerto since she was 12, certainly a long-term relationship.
She has said that her performances do vary considerably: sometimes cooler, sometimes refreshed. Everything is cyclical, of course. I have chosen this performance of all Martha’s great on-line performances because it is complete in one video.
I. Allegramente – 0:39
II. Adagio Assai – 8:57
III. Presto – 17:52
Assagioli says that we must be careful of Jazz rhythms, as they contain influences of a primitive spirituality unsuited to the Westerner. Ravel included many examples of jazzy rythms here. Make up your own mind.
As an Encore, a healthy dose of J S Bach – who seems to have his own take on jazzy rhythms. Here is the Capriccio of the Partita No 2. in C minor, BWV826, played in 2001.
Nigel Kennedy, violin, with soloists and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
(0:00) Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor
(15:40) Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor BWV 1060 (with Aisling Casey)
(29:14) Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E;
(46:30) Bach: Two-Part Inventions Nos. 1, 8 & 6 arr. for violin and cello (with Juliet Welchman);
(56:35) Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043 (with Katherine Hunka);
(1:10:56) Vittorio Monti: Csardas
Why this performance?- in the words of the priest, clearly very moved, in whose church (St Mary’s, in Dingle, Kerry) this took place:
“I think this is the most wonderful music night I ever experienced.”