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A brilliant performance from a bright young star of the violin. Album of the Weekend, 29-30 March 2014.
Intensely virtuosic, the Violin Concerto by Sibelius is both a dramatic and a deeply romantic work. Continuing his relationship with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Andrew Davis is joined in the Violin Concerto by Jennifer Pike, one of the finest violinists performing today.
In 2002, she became the youngest-ever winner of the Young Musician of the Year at the age of 12, and later the youngest major prize-winner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Now she brings flair, passion and a burgeoning maturity to Sibelius' great concerto.
The album also includes The Swan of Tuonela, Finlandia, the Karelia Suite and other Sibelius favourites - all given authentically thrilling performances - and in spectacular SACD sound.