Subito: suddenly, or immediately. And something else besides – a moment of revelation
or transformation, charged with surprise. When Witold Lutosławski gave this title to
the showpiece that he wrote for a violin competition in Indianapolis in 1994, he evoked all these qualities, and more – that delighted astonishment; the brilliant, piercing moment of musical communion between performer and listener that comes with true virtuosity.

On her debut disc, Julia Hwang has taken that idea – of virtuosity as communication – and embraced it from four very different directions. Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 blends virtuosity with traditions both local and international, to say something unambiguously personal. Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending refines violin technique into expression as pure as the song of a skylark. Lutosławski’s Subito creates a brief, dazzling moment whose very brilliance is its own meaning; and Henryk Wieniawski, entertainer par excellence, spins fantasy from another man’s tunes in his Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l’Opéra Faust de Gounod – enriching them in the process.

This disc continues Signum’s series of discs with St John’s College Cambridge, following their two critically-praised Choral CDs of 2016.

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Julia Hwang Violin
Charles Matthews Piano


Release date: 21st April 2017
Order code: SIGCD486
Barcode: 635212047125

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45 – Edvard Grieg


1  I. Allegro molto ed appassionato


2  II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza


3  III. Allegro animato


4  The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams


5  Subito – Witold Lutosławski


6  Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l’Opéra Faust de Gounod – Henryk Wieniawski

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