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Jack Liebeck: Dvorak Violin Concerto

The British violin virtuoso brings his lyrical playing to Dvorak&rsquo;s <em>Violin</em> <em>Concerto,</em> the <em>Sonatina in G,</em> and the often neglected <em>Violin Sonata in F Major Op. 57.&lt

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Jack Liebeck is a “polished fiddler with a real gift for lyrical playing,” said Chris Latham in Limelight. On his latest recording, the British violinist tackles Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata in F Major Op. 57—a “tuneful” yet often neglected work—and Sonatina in G. There is a clear personality at work in the 29-year-old virtuoso’s playing, and, throughout this recording, he exhibits a deep, “in the string” sound. Yet his interpretations seem somehow constrained, perhaps due to his inexperience. That’s nonsense, said Geoffrey Norris in the London Daily Telegraph. Liebeck and pianist Katya Apekisheva capture the sonata’s “blend of questioning delicacy and full-blooded passion.” You would have to travel a long way to hear these complicated works played with “such stylish understanding and refined communicative flair.” In this performance of Dvorak’s concerto, the violinist combines his profound, raw musical talent with an expressive sensibility. “This is wondrous playing of the most compelling sort.”

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