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Bartók & Beethoven

Bartók Violin Sonata No. 2 Sz. 76
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Op. 24 'Spring'
Bartók Rhapsody No.

Janine Jansen violin
Itamar Golan piano

Wigmore Hall, 22 March 2010

A stunning lunchtime recital, packed to the rafters and with queues for returns.

The programme was perfectly contrasted, finding both players at their committed best. Jansen produces always beautiful tone from her Stradivarius “Barrere”, notable especially for refinement in pp to ppp, her bowing totally secure, rising to judicious climaxes which surprise with their power.

There was never a bar or phrase taken for granted; she played with rare intensity through the whole of her perfectly contrasted one hour programme; it would have been greedy to have expected more. She seemed to inspire her partner, no shrinking accompanist he, to match her intensity, tending towards dominating, but never to the extent of masking Janine Jansen's line.

During the same evening the recital was already made available on the BBC website, where it can be accessed on line for seven days on R3 Listen Again. The balance is true to what have indicated above. For those unused yet to listening to music on their computers, it will be broadcast again on BBC Radio 3 Saturday.

Recommended not to be missed; especially as Janine Jansen's recordings until now are mostly concertos.

Peter Grahame Woolf

see also The Times: Janine Jansen doesn’t disappoint — ever, in my experience.

:Dutch violinist Janine Jansen conveyed a sense of freshness, of wonder almost, in the unfolding of the music - - her nuancing seemed to take her partner at the piano, Itamar Golan, unawares from time to time - - disarming lucidity in the way she treated Bartók's knotty Second Sonata, and she capped everything in the spirit-lifting lightness she brought to a joyful account of Beethoven's Spring sonata... [Irish Times 15 March 2010]