Edge of Youth represents a time when one starts to discover a new, more mature version of their own voice or self. We find confidence in that voice when we allow ourselves to go to the “edge” of what is known or comfortable. Brought up steeped in the traditions of classical music, and deeply influenced by some of the greatest violinists of the “old world”, this album represents some of that artistic journey for me. In curating this collection of works by masters Britten, Enescu and three young, dynamic living composers, Missy Mazzoli, Dan Visconti and Gabriel Prokofiev, I gravitated toward works that were striking to me and in some ways unexpected—whether it was a new sound world, a new perspective on an old familiar work, or the surprising way certain works profoundly grew in their impact.
Each of these works are dramatic, visceral; even ethereal and otherworldly. Some also have moments of soaring lyricism and intimacy. They both embrace and challenge classical traditions, consciously or subconsciously. With their craft and unique sense of style, these composers challenge the artist to forget about the technicalities of the instrument—asking them to become a storyteller through nuance, shading, and color.
Taking in all of our personal influences, we hopefully take flight into our own artistic vision. These works have taken me on a journey that I will continue to traverse. —Janet Sung
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GEORGES ENESCU (1881-1955) Impressions d’enfance (Impressions from Childhood), Op. 28 (1940) 1. Ménétrier (The Fiddler) 2. Vieux mendiant (The Old Beggar) 3. Ruisselet au fond du jardin (The Brook at the Bottom of the Garden) 4. L’Oiseau en cage et le coucou au mur (The Bird in the Cage and the Cuckoo on the Wall) 5. Chanson pour bercer (Lullaby) 6. Grillon (The Cricket) 7. Lune à travers les vitres (The Moon Shining Through the Windows) 8. Vent dans la cheminée (Wind in the Chimney) 9. Tempête au dehors, dans la nuit (Storm Outside in the Night) 10. Lever de soleil (Sunrise)
MISSY MAZZOLI (b. 1980) 11. Dissolve, O My Heart for Solo Violin (2011)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976) Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 (1935) 12. Introduction. Andante maestoso 13. March. Allegro alla marcia 14. Moto perpetuo. Allegro molto e con fuoco 15. Lullaby. Lento tranquillo 16. Waltz. Alla Valse: Vivace e rubato
DAN VISCONTI (b. 1982) 17. Rave-Up for Violin and Piano (2012)
GABRIEL PROKOFIEV (b. 1975) 18. Sleeveless Scherzo for Solo Violin (2007)