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As played by Cho-Liang Lin, Jukka Tiensuu’s Hou named a “masterpiece” in Tampere

April 18, 2014

As played by Cho-Liang Lin, Jukka Tiensuu’s Hou named a “masterpiece” in Tampere

Cho-Liang Lin’s recent performance of Jukka Tiensuu’s violin concerto, Hou, with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Tampere Biennial was met with acclaim in Finland. “At last we came across a masterpiece,” writes the city’s largest newspaper, Aamulehti. “Cho-Liang Lin played brilliantly together with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra… The baroque-like dance rhythms rushed forward charmingly in the first movement, and in the nocturne-like second movement the sound of the solo violin and two violins from the orchestra interlaced with a wonderful effect. The finale started with fast energy, which returned in the end to the sensitive feeling of the slow movement. Perfect!”

Another major news outlet, the Helsingin Sanomat, notes: “Lin played his part as if it was chamber music and he did not feel any need to make use of any heroic gestures. Tiensuu also makes the musical ideas played by the soloist and by the orchestra follow each other very closely."

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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.