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
Kyung-Wha Chung plays Brahms violin concerto with Andre Previn and the Kölner Rundfunksinfonie Orchester, in Köln, in December 1996.
I. Allegro non troppo 1:00
II. Adagio 24:18
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 33:28
Brahms wasn’t enthusiastic about the Adagio. Andrew Lloyd Webber credited the third movement as the inspiration behind “Don’t cry for me, Argentina.”
This has been called a “serious” work — the third movement (33:28) is the most accessible.
Violin: Isaac Stern, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy in 1966.
A superb piece, composed in by Max Bruch in 1866. If nothing else, listen to the finale starting at 17 mins.
Violin – Itzhak Perlman with the London Festival Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. (Date not given, but 1975-85)
This performance was chosen despite the splitting of movements etc because of the very mellow timbre complementing the work.
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.”
The Csardas is the encore.
played by Yehudi Menuin and Stefan Grapelli
A historic musical occasion. It is interesting that Yehudi talks about his own jealousy of Stefan’s ability to improvise in jazz during this recording.