OUT NOW | VC Younger Artist Violinist Johan Dalene’s New CD: “Sibelius & Nielsen Violin Concertos”


Launched on the BIS Classics label, VC Younger Artist Johan Dalene‘s newest album was recorded with conductor John Strotgårds and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Each Nordic composers featured on the album, Nielsen and Sibelius, have been born in 1865. “One would assume that their violin concertos are paying homage to one another, however although they have been composed solely 6 years aside, they’ve utterly completely different tonal languages and construction,” Johan explains.

“Each composers have been violinists themselves and effectively acquainted with the instrument,” he continues. “You’re feeling it clearly and I like each concertos however for various causes — Sibelius for his late romantic model and Nielsen along with his neo-classical tone so stuffed with surprises and sudden harmonic twists.” ­
­”Nielsen struggled with writing his violin concerto, and the method was neither fast nor straightforward. His objective was to create music with substance which would offer a problem for the soloist, in addition to presenting the violin in the absolute best gentle. He succeeded in making a masterpiece with infinite richness of element. There is a gigantic wealth of element right here and each time I return to his music I discover one thing new.” ­

“Sean Sibelius’ violin concerto has been an expensive companion of mine for a few years and it’s a Concerto that I’ve all the time cherished. He makes use of the chances of the violin to its very restrict, in addition to managing to convey the grandeur of the Scandinavian panorama in an extremely highly effective manner,” he concluded.

You should buy and take heed to the album right here.

A pupil of Janine Jansen and Per Enoksson on the Royal School of Music in Stockholm, Dalene is a former main prize winner on the Menuhin, Kocian, and Cooper Competitions.

The 21-year-old additionally received first prize on the Carl Nielsen Worldwide Competitors in 2019 and performs on a Stradivarius violin from 1736 (“Spencer Dyke”), generously on mortgage from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Basis.

This album is Johan’s second launch. His earlier CD entitled “Nordic Rhapsody” launched in 2021, received an Editor’s Alternative by BBC Music Journal and Gramophone and a Diapason d’Or.


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