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DONG-SUK KANG

Readers of the right age may recall Dong-Suk Kang’s high profile during the 1980s. With several prominent competition prizes and international débuts under his belt, his career went from strength to strength in the early CD era and his recordings won awards including the Grand Prix du Disque.

Kang’s playing is easily identifiable as being of the strong, post-Romantic American school: his major training was with Galamian as one of the first flush of Far Eastern string players to emerge after World War II. His tone has great depth and, perhaps more than some of his contemporaries, extraordinary ease and fluency of which technique is the servant, making his recordings of late-Romantic and twentieth-century music particularly compelling. Isaac Stern’s observation upon Korean artists is revealing: ‘They are called the Italians of the Orient—they are cruder, warmer, more loutish… The freedom, turbulence, and passion show in their music making.’ (New York Times magazine, 1980).

All the recordings selected here display Kang’s attributes well. They include superbly poised and atmospheric concertos by Sibelius (1989) and Walton (1997), the former being part of a complete cycle of Sibelius’s music for violin and orchestra undertaken by Kang. The Walton contains some of his most exciting playing but is softer-edged (including some perfectly-judged portamenti in the first movement, for example) than Heifetz’s famous 1950 recording with the composer.

In French repertoire Kang shows a good understanding of Fauré’s virile late Op. 108 Sonata in his 1995 recording (although the subtlety of Fauré’s musical language is slightly lost in the second movement, taken rather too quickly; and the finale could be a little warmer). The Poulenc Sonata (1989) is a superb rendition, dramatic at the start, with captivating energy enabled by crisp contact with the string, whilst the slow movement is suitably laconic.

More unusual items in Kang’s repertoire are represented by Alkan’s eccentric if impassioned Grand Duo Concertant, played with great enthusiasm by Kang and Gardon in 1992, and Furtwängler’s Violin Sonata No. 1 (2004).

Kang’s recordings reveal his sterling qualities as a player of the first rank, modulating a conventional American-taught approach to suit the stylistic context.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Milsom (A–Z of String Players, Naxos 8.558081-84)

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058
Chill With Collection Naxos 8.501046
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
ELGAR Major Orchestral Works Naxos 8.505076
Meditation Naxos 8.508010
Meditation (Swedish Edition) Naxos 8.503163


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ALKAN, V.: Grand duo concertant, Op. 21 / Sonate de concert, Op. 47 / Piano Trio, Op. 30 (Kang, Chiffoleau, Gardon) Timpani
1C1139
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN FOR MEDITATION (Swedish Edition) Naxos
8.557751
Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies, Concertos and Overtures (Complete) (12-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501204
Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto / Piano Concerto in D Major, Op. 61a (Jando, Dong-Suk Kang, Kliegel, Drahos) Naxos
8.554288
Concertos
CHILL WITH BEETHOVEN Naxos
8.556790
Concertos
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.556629
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Orchestral
CLASSICS AT THE MOVIES: DIVAS Naxos
8.556806
Chamber Music
DEBUSSY (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552127-28
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Romantic Era Naxos Educational
8.558155-56
Chamber Music
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
ELGAR (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556672
Concertos
ELGAR (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552133-34
Concertos
ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto / WIENIAWSKI, H.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Dong-Suk Kang, Bisengaliev, Leaper, Wit) Naxos
8.572952
Concertos
ELGAR: Violin Concerto / Cockaigne Overture Naxos
8.550489
Concertos
FAURE (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556679
Chamber Music, Orchestral
FAURE: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550906
Chamber Music
FINLANDIA: A Festival of Finnish Music BIS
BIS-CD-575
Orchestral
French Violin Sonatas Naxos
8.550276
Chamber Music
FURTWANGLER, W.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet in C Major (Galperine, Kang, Kerdoncuff) Timpani
3C1092
Chamber Music
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concertos
GRIEG: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 BIS
BIS-CD-647
Chamber Music
HONEGGER, A.: Chamber Music Timpani
4C1079
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL NZ 2001 Naxos
8.555883
Concertos
Lark Ascending (The): Violin Showpieces Naxos
8.553509
Concertos
MCCLEERY, D.: Discover Music of the Romantic Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495212
Chamber Music
Min Forste Klassiske Musik (My First Classical Music Album) Naxos
8.578232
Chamber Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - VIENNA: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110502
Classical Concert
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
8.578203
Chamber Music
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies 1-6 / Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto / Clarinet Concerto (Gallois, Dong-Suk Kang, Schill, Myung-Whun Chung, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-614-16
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Symphony No. 5 / Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (Dong-Suk Kang, Gothenburg Symphony, Myung-Whun Chung) BIS
BIS-CD-370
Concertos
RAVEL (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556673
Chamber Music
RAVEL (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552125-26
Chamber Music
ROMANCE Naxos
8.553216
Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556675
Concertos
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / LALO, E.: Symphonie espagnole (Dong-Suk Kang, Bisengaliev, Wit, Wildner) Naxos
8.572950
Concertos
SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 / Piano Concerto No. 2 Naxos
8.553277
Concertos
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 / Caprice Andalous Naxos
8.550752
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
SCHUBERT: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) Naxos
8.550420
Chamber Music
SIBELIUS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556677
Concertos
SIBELIUS (The Essential) BIS
BIS-CD-1697-1700
Orchestral, Concertos
SIBELIUS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552135-36
Concertos
SIBELIUS COLLECTION Naxos
8.550803
Concertos
SIBELIUS, J. / ELGAR, E.: Violin Concertos (Dong-Suk Kang, A. Leaper) Naxos
8.553233
Concertos
SIBELIUS: 6 Humoresques / 2 Serenades BIS
BIS-CD-472
Orchestral, Concertos
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / SINDING: Legende / HALVORSEN: Norwegian Dances Naxos
8.550329
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SKØNNE GRØNNE DAGE (Beautiful Green Days) Naxos
8.578202
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Concertos
VIOLIN BLISS Naxos
8.578052
Orchestral
WALTON: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.554325
Concertos





 
 
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