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Chloë Hanslip

John Adams violin concerto

John Corigliano Chaconne

arr.Franz Waxman Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No 1 and Wagner Tristan and Isolde Fantasia

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin

Naxos American Classics 8.559302


A brief endorsement of the accolades heaped upon Chloë Hanslip (b.1987) for her youthful achievements and this CD in particular.

The Adams is a splendid violin concerto and the reason to buy it, and there is plenty of fine fiddling too in the fill-ups. Their choice suggests she is falling for marketing to a wider audience (her ridiculous cover photo is deplorable, perched atop a bar stool; one is worried for the safety of her (doubtless valuable) violin.

As is the way, this young artist is swamped with publicity coverage. There are fair reviews of this CD on Gramophone and Amazon. You can buy it from HMV for a ridiculous £4 (delivered) and there's no need to hesitate.

A disappointing recent chamber music appearance was welcome for her involvement in this enriching field alongside her solo work, but it suggested a need for Chloë to pace herself carefully and avoid overloading herself during the coming transitional years, which are crucial for the passage from youthful prodigy to mature artist.

q.v. IMS Prussia Cove (Holst, Mendelssohn & Chausson)

Peter Grahame Woolf