Kyung-Wha Chung seems to have disappeared from the new release racks, which is a pity. She's a super violinist, and during the '70s and '80s her recordings were almost invariably greeted with critical acclaim, or at the very least respect. This particular coupling offers fine interpretations of two repertory chestnuts, excellently recorded and marvelously played. She ain't Heifetz, maybe, but then again, who is? Take her on her own considerable terms, and enjoy these lovely performances. --David Hurwitz
This one beats them all.
I was in my car listening on the radio when this came on. I had to pull over to the curb to finish listening before I ran into something -- it was that mesmerizing. Chung seems to play with a "take no prisoners" forcefulness. She "attacks" the violin like a lover, with a passion and sweetness I've not heard before. Her tone and bowing are impeccable; her virtuosity head-shaking.
The Mendelssohn is an added benefit. But I got this for the Tchaikovsky. When it was first performed, it was not a critical success, much the opposite in fact. A noise, a stink to the ear, were some of the kinder reviews. How entirely wrong they were!
Get it yourself! If you think you know these concerti, you don't. Not yet.