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Classical - Released February 1, 2014 | Channel Classics Records

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Classical - Released September 10, 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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Violin Concertos - Released November 16, 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has played Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, many times, but the work gets new dashes of flavor here from Chinese violinist Ning Feng and Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. Regardless of your reaction to them, this release from Channel Classics is worth your time for the inclusion of the delightful little Violin Concerto by Gerald Finzi, which did not have its premiere until 1999. Few recordings are available. The blame for the work's suppression lies with Finzi himself, who considered it an imperfect youthful effort. Perhaps the middle movement lacks the concision of the other two (this was his objection), but it's an exceptionally attractive little neoclassical work, and Finzi was 26 when he wrote it, no teenager. Sample the vigorous hornpipe rondo finale. In the Elgar, Feng studiously avoids the work's reputation for sentimentality, and one could wish for a bit more expression to be applied, say, in the lower register at the beginning of the first movement. The slow movement is ethereal, however, with Prieto keeping the energy moving in an even flow and Feng handling the abundant technical challenges with ease. You may favor his interpretation, and with the Finzi you will be getting in almost on the ground floor.
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Classical - Released September 10, 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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Among the accolades for violinist Ning Feng is a first prize in the 2006 Paganini International Violin Competition, a laudable achievement to be sure. Whether this award is responsible for the title of this album (Hello Mr. Paganini) and Feng is boastfully referring to himself as Mr. Paganini, or if the title refers to the introduction of the listener to the music of Paganini is unclear. Feng's playing, however, does actually live up to the title if it's referring to himself. His technique throughout the demanding series of works performed on this disc is spotless; from left-hand pizzicato, double harmonics, lightning-fast scales, and treacherously difficult scales, Feng tosses it off with remarkable ease and dexterity. Intonation is equally precise throughout the album. Despite Feng's assertions that musical aspects of Paganini's compositions are equally important as the technical, Feng's playing does tend to favor precision execution over musical line. He also makes peculiar decisions to play Kreisler arrangements of several of the pieces rather than Paganini's original; this is particularly disappointing in the case of Caprice No. 24, arranged here for violin and piano. Nevertheless, this album still offers listeners a dazzling display of violin pyrotechnics and a few rarely heard Paganini gems.
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Concertos - Released March 18, 2016 | Channel Classics Records

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Classical - Released September 10, 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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