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For the Record, Op. 37: Hyejin Chung's Seitz Concertos; Vilde Frang Homage; Bomsori Kim Debut Album

November 29, 2017, 10:14 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Seitz Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5
Hyejin Chung, violin
Warren Lee, piano

What would we do without these beloved student concertos? This album includes five student concertos by Friedrich Seitz, including the ones that appear in Suzuki Book 4: Nos. 2 and 5. They receive a professional performance by Korean violinist Hyejin Chung and pianist Warren Lee. Seitz was a noted violinist who served as concertmaster of the Bayreuth Festspiele, toured widely as a soloist and also composed a series of works, principally for violin and piano. He is best known for his Schüler-Konzerte ("Student Concertos"), which have proved enduringly popular vehicles for young performers since they were published, at the turn of the 20th century. BELOW: Excerpts from Seitz Concerto No. 5.

Vilde Frang, violin
José Gallardo, piano

Vilde Frang's new recording with pianist José Gallardo was conceived as a homage to the players of the "Golden Age" of the violin, including short pieces by Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Auer and Joseph Szigeti and more. Born in 1986, Frang is a Norwegian violinist who trained in Germany. The album includes pieces such as: Wieniawski’s "Mazurka No.1" and "Caprice Alla Saltarella," Ponce’s "Estrellita," Gluck’s "Melodie," Mendelssohn’s "Song Without Words," Ries’ "La Capricciosa," Kreisler’s Rondino" and "Gypsy Caprice."

Wieniawski Concerto 2 & Shostakovich Concerto 1
Bomsori Kim, violin
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk conducting

Violinist Bomsori Kim makes her recording debut with this recording of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. Winner of the Second Prize in the 2016 International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, Kim has participated in 13 international competitions over the last six years and won 11 prizes, including two first prizes. A native of South Korea, Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University, where she studied with Young Uck Kim. She earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma, as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. BELOW: Bomsori Kim plays Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.

Gwendolyn Masin, violin
Simon Bucher, piano

The album includes Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor and "Beau soir"; Fauré's "Après un rêve", Messiaen's "Theme et Variations," Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major; Stravinsky's Berceuse from "The Firebird," and Szymanowski's "Chant de Roxane." BELOW: Gabriel Fauré's "Après un rêve" - begins at :54 after a modern intro.

British Violin Concertos
Clare Howick, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Grant Llewellyn conducting

The three British concertos featured on this album span fully years, including violin concertos Kenneth Leighton's Violin Concerto; Gordon Jacob; Paul Patterson's Violin Concerto No. 2 (Serenade), which was written for and premiered by Howick. Howick is a specialist in twentieth-century British music and her recital album of British violin music by Elgar, Bridge, Delius, Cyril and Scott was released in September 2017.

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.


November 30, 2017 at 07:23 AM · I am very happy to learn that Bomsori Kim has been finally invited to make a recording. She has been touring the elite competition circuit now for a number of years and consistently been making the top five or so in each competition. I understand in the latest Wieniawski competition in particular the public absolutely adored her so it is no surprise it is the Warsaw Symphony who she is playing with in her first recording. She is rock solid, produces an admirable tone, and is very down to earth putting herself completely in service of the music.

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