Friday, November 20, 2009

Cho-Liang Lin, Thomas, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mendelssohn-Saint-Saens Violin Concertos

Cho-Liang Lin, Thomas, Philharmonia Orchestra - Mendelssohn-Saint-Saens Violin Concertos
Concerto | Eac, single flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 259 MB
October 25, 1990 | Sony | RapidShare

When I was a child, my mother, a violinist, first introduced me to Yehudi Menuhin's recording which was breathtaking. I listened to it time and again. Mendelssohn's became my absolute favorite Violin Concerto! I've heard many recorded versions, have seen it performed live several times including twice with the CSO in Chicago.

But I have never felt the rush of emotions, nor have been so drawn INTO the music until I heard this recording by Cho Liang Lin! It's by far the most masterful, the most evocative performance I've ever heard! I can't imagine any other performance that comes CLOSE to his. While I LOVE Itzhak Perlman's style and really enjoy the virtuosity of Joshua Bell, no other violinist comes close to Lin's interpretation. Just listen to the 2nd Movement. Lin NEVER fails to bring tears to my eyes -- it's hauntinglly beautiful. Lin is amazing.--Amazon

Cho-Liang Lin is a violinist whose career has spanned the globe for 27 years. Lin was born in 1960 in Hsinchu, a quiet college town 70 km (45 miles) south of Taipei, a research center where his father worked as a nuclear physicist. He began playing violin at the age of five. Recognizing that he needed to pursue his violin studies abroad, he made his way to Australia by himself when he was only 12 years old; he spent three years in Sydney. His commanding technique and precocious abilities then led him to Juilliard School, where he studied with the eminent Dorothy DeLay, teacher to such greats as Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Midori Goto, and Sarah Chang. He made his public debut in New York City at the age of 19, playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 at Avery Fisher Hall.

Since his d├ębut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival at the age of nineteen, he has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He has over twenty recordings to his credit, ranging from the concertos of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Prokofiev, to Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun, as well as the chamber music of Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Ravel. His recording partners include Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Isaac Stern and Helen Huang. His recordings have been critically acclaimed, winning several Grammy nominations and The Gramophone’s Record of the Year award. He has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1991, and, in 2006, he also started to teach at Rice University. Lin is currently the music director of La Jolla SummerFest in California.

CD Content

Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 64
Saint-Saens- Concerto No.3 for Violin & Orchestra, Op.61

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