Johan Dalene, violin
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano
“A telepathic interaction between violinist Johan Dalene and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.” 5/5
Musikrevyn SR P1
This recital brings together two established classics from the 20th century with lesser-known works from the repertoire for violin and piano. Alongside Ravel’s Sonata, a work that reveals the influence of jazz on the French composer, and Prokofiev’s wartime Sonata, Op. 94a, we find compositions by Arvo Pärt, Lili Boulanger, and Grażyna Bacewicz, which, at times meditative, at times lyrical, at times folk-inspired, testify to the richness of this repertoire. These works are performed by violinist Johan Dalene, the Swedish-Norwegian winner of the 2019 Nielsen Competition. Dalene is given the expert support of pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Johan Dalene is an Exclusive Recording Artist for BIS Records
A rising star shows his mettle in chamber music. This is an attractive CD, made interesting by its repertoire and marvellous by its quality. Dalene brings ferocious energy to the second-movement Scherzo, with fierce sky-rocket arpeggios, balanced with lightness in the central section. After the graceful Andante he dashes off the finale with vigour and virtuosic finesse, and the two of them produce a barnstorming end to a performance full of colour and character.
...brilliantly assembled collection of works... If you can begin to imagine magical flashes of light and color diffused through a stained-glass window, dancing across the room as they metamorphosize into sound, you'll get a sense of how special this miniature sounds. Dalene's Strad whispers, flashes, darts, and whirls as Hadland shines beside him through light and shadow. Where Kremer begins with a whisper, Dalene is far more forthright, his tone irresistibly fresh and gleaming, and the recording benefits from superior engineering. The touching poetry of Boulanger's subtle miniature stands in sharp contrast to Prokofiev's fabulous scherzo and circuslike finale. Ravel, too, revels in character, humor, amiability, and spice.
They allow enough time in the Scherzo for the jokes to land and their Andante is beautifully unaffected....The four works here are most persuasively played, ranging from a lively Humoresque and Moravian Dance to a lilting Lullaby and – most moving – the fragile, perfumed Stained-Glass Window that lends this fine album its title.
...this is an album that will leave a lasting impression, and it is a bold, original stroke from a young violinist.