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Spotify featured album: Sibelius and Nielsen

April 03, 2014

Spotify featured album: Sibelius and Nielsen

Enjoy the performances of Cho-Liang Lin regardless of your location. Many of his recordings are available for streaming on Spotify and can be enjoyed by clicking here. Lin shares his insights on making each recording, beginning with his double-bill of Sibelius and Nielsen recorded with Esa-Pekka Salonen:

“Esa-Pekka Salonen and I are of similar age. We were both rather young when CBS Masterworks (now Sony Classical) wanted us to collaborate. I asked him to conduct the Sibelius and he asked me to play the Nielsen.

"Sibelius had long been my favorite concerto. To this day, I am not sure why someone from Taiwan would love the music of Finland so much. Putting the Sibelius together with Esa-Pekka was the most invigorating experience. We both had strong visions of the music of Sibelius and somehow they meshed. The richness and the sonority I hear in my head was totally realized by Esa-Pekka and the great Philharmonia Orchestra of London.

"I didn't know the Nielsen but agreed to record it when Esa-Pekka assured me it is an excellent work. He was right. It shimmers with that Nordic light without the dark and brooding qualities of Sibelius. If Nielsen had only written a killer finale instead of the genial one published, this concerto would be among the most popular violin works out there.”

Click here to hear Cho-Liang Lin play Sibelius and Nielsen.

Cho-Liang Lin appears in Finland with the Tampere Philharmonic

April 02, 2014

Cho-Liang Lin appears in Finland with the Tampere Philharmonic

Following a weeklong celebration of the Stradivarius in Los Angeles, Cho-Liang Lin travels to Finland for a performance of new works with the Tampere Philharmonic, presented as part of the Tampere Biennale.

Anna-Maria Helsing conducts a program of premiere works, including Jukka Tiennsu’s Violin Concerto as well as works by Harri Vuori, Usko Meriläinen, and Toivo Haapanen. The concert, given on April 11 at 7:00pm local time, will also be broadcast on YLE Radio 1 and will be made available for streaming for a period of 30 days following the performance.

Strad Fest with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

March 21, 2014

Strad Fest with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

March sees Cho-Liang Lin in several performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as part of the ensemble’s celebration of the violins of Stradivarius. Following an evening of music and art with fellow violinists Margaret Batjer and Martin Chalifour in Pasadena the 26th, Lin appears in Los Angeles’s Zipper Concert Hall on the 27th in the third installment of LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series this season. There, he appears as first violinist in Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins alongside Batjer, Chee-Yun, and Philippe Quint.

On the 28th at the Broad Stage, Lin reprises the Telemann as well as Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Libertango and works by Moszkowski, Ravel, Kreisler, and Bartók. Finally, on the 29th, he is heard as part of LACO’s spring gala where he reprises both Piazzolla works along with selections from Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Bach’s Triple Concerto, Maurer’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Bach’s Partita in E Major.