An exclusive EMI Classics artist for nearly two decades, violinist Sarah Chang teams up with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie on a new recording pairing Brahms’s epic concerto with Bruch’s Concerto No. 1. Chang calls Masur her “musical godfather,” having worked with him since she was ten years old. Twenty years after first learning the Brahms Concerto, and after studying the concerto with Masur extensively for several years, Chang decided to commit the seminal work to disc, pairing it with Bruch’s popular G-minor concerto, which she describes as one of her favorites.
Following Chang’s performance of the Bruch G-minor with London’s Philharmonia in May, MusicWeb International reported, “Chang went all out for the piece, singing her lines lovingly and bringing a special feel to the work, as if seeing the music anew. The slow movement was especially heart rending, the solo line soaring above the orchestra as if in ecstasy.” Chang will perform the work – as well as the Brahms concerto – extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in coming seasons, including a Bruch performance in Los Angeles on March 11 and a Brahms one in Fort Worth on May 7–9.
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Brahms: Violin Concerto
Sarah Chang, violin
Dresdner Philharmonie / Kurt Masur
CD and downloads available October 6 from EMI Classics