Bomsori Kim / Jacek Kaspszyk

Wieniawski, Shostakovich

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This recording marks the debut of the young Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, who capped off an impressive prize run with a second-place finish at the venerable International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2016. Her playing has the technical facility you would expect, and she goes beyond expectations in several respects. Kim's Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 is an especially fiery one that doesn't rely just on local effects, but sustains the lines of the work, the gravity that the great Polish violinist must have had in his own performances. Sample the Allegro con fuoco finale, where Kim's ability to interact with an orchestra, here the highly sympathetic Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk, is also above average. There is nothing wrong with her performance of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77, but that is a work of repressed emotional complexity even by Shostakovich standards, and it will be interesting to hear Kim return to it in a decade or two. In the meantime, this album does more than announce a young talent to watch.

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