Notes & Reviews:
Kyung Wha Chung's dazzling and probing artistry has made her one of classical music's most acclaimed performers. Lauded for her passion, her musicality and the intense excitement that she brings to her performances, Chung's uniquely expressive interpretations of the violin literature have established her as an artist of the very highest stature. In her long career, Kyung Wha Chung has appeared regularly as a soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras, working with top conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti and Sir Georg Solti. As a recitalist, she has collaborated with an extraordinary list of important artists including Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman, Peter Frankl and Itamar Golan and as a member of the Chung Trio, with her brother, conductor/pianist Myung-Whun Chung, and her sister, cellist Myung Wha Chung. On 2nd December 2014, Kyung Wha Chung returns to the Royal Festival Hall for her first UK appearance in over a decade. As the Southbank Centre website eagerly anticipates "After recent triumphs in her native Korea and in China, Chung is set to electrify London all over again".
Only rarely does a single musician personify music for an entire country... Kyung Wha Chung has long represented Western music for her fellow South Koreans. Since the early 1970s she has had an almost sacred aura among her own people, and her Decca recordings have carried her art to members of the Korean diaspora all round the world.
BBC Music Magazine
Kyung Wha Chung's hushed phrasing of the ethereal opening theme is full of wonder . . . and Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra make perfect travelling companions on the Nordic journey that follows. . . . Decca's superb engineering and the Kingsway Hall's acoustic are the icing on the cake.
It's the rich detail of these readings that I find most enjoyable: Chung's variety both of tone colour and of tone of voice, Zimerman's ear for where his sound should support and reinforce hers, where to contrast with it piquantly... I would instinctively attribute the immaculate perspective here to the artists themselves.
Andre Previn and Kyung Wha Chung have that special magic which sparkles in the Tchaikovsky and notably the fabulous Chung performance of the Sibelius. There are so many versions of these to choose from nowadays, and I have many of them, but I keep coming back to this performance of both concerti.
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