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Janine Jansen

Sibelius VC, Prokofiev VC1 w/Oslo Phil. - Makela

Decca Classics
Release Date: June 7, 2024

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1 Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 I. Allegro moderato  
2 II. Adagio di molto  
3 III. Allegro, ma non tanto  
4 Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 I. Andantino  
5 II. Scherzo. Vivacissimo  
6 III. Moderato  
7 Sibelius Water Drops, JS 216  
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Decca is delighted to announce Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's new album, featuring violin concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev, with Janine as the soloist in both works. These are her first new concerto recordings in nine years. Jansen is a musician of poise, sensitivity and elegance who regularly visits the world’s most esteemed orchestras and concert halls. Joining her on the album is Finnish conductor, Klaus Mäkelä, and the Oslo Philharmonic. Mäkelä’s Decca recorded cycle of the complete symphonies of his compatriot Sibelius with Norway’s flagship orchestra was described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘the most electrifying and often revelatory of them all.’

Sibelius’s Violin Concerto No.1 is coloured differently from its counterparts in the Romantic literature. Its combination of fire and ice - of display countered by introversion - is a facet of the score Jansen has always made her own. Her performances of the work, with Mäkelä in 2023, were widely acclaimed by European critics. In addition to Sibelius’s work, Jansen includes one of the major violin concertos of the twentieth century. Unbounded lyricism is pitted against destructive, forceful cynicism in the first of Serge Prokofiev’s concertos, a work in which Jansen has put her formidable technique in service of the work’s savagery and intimacy.

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