Julia Hwang: Subito
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Cat No: SIGCD486
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd June 2017
WorksViolin Sonata no.3 in C minor, op.45
The Lark Ascending (version for violin and piano)
Fantasie brillante on themes from Gounod's Faust, op.20
ArtistsJulia Hwang (violin)
Charles Matthews (piano)
When Witold Lutosławski gave this title to the showpiece that he wrote for a violin competition in Indianapolis in 1994, he evoked all these qualities, and more: that delighted astonishment; the brilliant, piercing moment of musical communion between performer and listener that comes with true virtuosity.
On her debut disc, Julia Hwang has taken that idea, of virtuosity as communication, and embraced it from four very different directions. Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.3 blends virtuosity with traditions both local and international, to say something unambiguously personal. Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending refines violin technique into expression as pure as the song of a skylark. Lutosławski’s Subito creates a brief, dazzling moment whose very brilliance is its own meaning; and Henryk Wieniawski, entertainer par excellence, spins fantasy from another man’s tunes in his Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l’Opéra Faust de Gounod – enriching them in the process.
This disc continues Signum’s series with St John’s College Cambridge, after two critically-praised choral CDs in 2016, one of which, Jonathan Harvey’s Deo, won the Choral Award from BBC Music Magazine.
Julia Hwang, 2008 Gregynog Young Musician Award Winner and 2012 BBC Young Musician Contestant, was handpicked
by Andrew Nethsingha for the Choir imprint’s first recital disc.
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