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Tchaikovsky: Works for Violin & Orchestra


Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Violin: Moonkyung Lee
Conductor: Miran Vaupotić
Performed by: London Symphony Orchestra
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 February 2017

Acclaimed violinist Moonkyung Lee releases her latest album, Tchaikovsky: Works for Violin & Orchestra, through Navona Records. Here she presents several performances of beloved works by Tchaikovsky alongside the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Miran Vaupotić...

Tchaikovsky: Works for Violin & Orchestra sees Moonkyung Lee's interpretation of some of Tchaikovsky's most celebrated work.

The chances are, if you're a collector of classical music, that you will already own this music. So the question is: Why on earth should you buy this? Put simply, you should add this to your collection because not only is the London Symphony Orchestra on top form under the conductorship of Miran Vaupotić, and the mix Navona give it really let you experience the layers of the orchestra, but Lee's performance here is breathtaking to behold.

For those who don't know the pieces performed here all that well, you could be forgiven for thinking that it doesn't matter who is playing the violin on the album - they're following music after all. That would be a foolish assumption. Over the course of this album Lee is at times subtle, playful, mournful, but above all her playing oozes passion.

If you're a lover of classical music this is an essential purchase. You won't have heard Tchaikovsky's work performed as beautifully as this before.

Track listing:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
01 - Allegro moderato
02 - Canzonetta: Andante
03 - Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

04 - Méditation in D minor from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42

05 - Sérénade mélancolique in B-flat minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 26


Darren Rea

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