VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 VC Young Artist Johan Dalene’s New CD: „Sibelius and Nielsen Violin Concertos“


To celebrate the international release of  VC Young Artist Johan Dalene‘s latest album, The Violin Channel, in conjunction with BIS Records is giving away 5 signed copies.

The album was recorded with conductor John Strotgårds and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both Nordic composers featured on the album, Nielsen and Sibelius, were born in 1865. „One would think that their violin concertos are reminiscent of each other, but even though they were composed only 6 years apart, they have completely different tonal languages and structure,“ Johan explains.

„Both composers were violinists themselves and well acquainted with the instrument,“ he continues. „You feel it clearly and I love both concertos but for different reasons — Sibelius for his late romantic style and Nielsen with his neo-classical tone so full of surprises and unexpected harmonic twists.“ ­
­“Nielsen struggled with writing his violin concerto, and the process was neither quick nor easy. His goal was to create music with substance which would provide a challenge for the soloist, as well as presenting the violin in the best possible light. He succeeded in creating a masterpiece with infinite richness of detail. There is an enormous wealth of detail here and every time I return to his music I find something new.“ ­

„Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto has been a dear companion of mine for many years and it is a Concerto that I’ve always loved. He uses the possibilities of the violin to its very limit, as well as managing to convey the grandeur of the Scandinavian landscape in an incredibly powerful way,“ he concluded.

A student of Janine Jansen and Per Enoksson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Dalene is a former major prize winner at the Menuhin, Kocian, and Cooper Competitions.

The 21-year-old also won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019 and plays on a Stradivarius violin from 1736 („Spencer Dyke“), generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.

Johan is performing this evening, March 31 in Odense, Denmark, for the Opening Concert of the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition that is taking place between April 1- 10.



Entires close April 6, 2022



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