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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Dong-Suk Kang, immaculate in his intonation, plays the Elgar with fire and urgency. This is very different from most latter-day performances, with markedly faster speeds; yet those speeds relate more closely than usual to the metronome markings in the score, and they never get in the way of Kang’s ability to feel Elgarian rubato naturally, guided by the warmly understanding conducting of Adrian Leaper. Irrespective of price, this is a keenly competitive version, with excellent, wide-ranging, digital sound, if with rather too forward a balance for the soloist.


"Dung-Suk Kang plays the work with insight and understanding, as if he had been brought up on the slopes of the Malvern Hills"

BBC Radio 3

"an outstandingly good performance"

BBC Radio 4

"I think this is a little bit special"

Classic CD

"I recommend you try Dong Suk Kang's sweeping performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto"


"this CD represents Naxos's most considerable achievement to date"

Elgar Society Journal

"up amongst the very best versions of the Elgar Concerto at any price"

The Dallas Morning News

"Mr Kang's silken tone caresses the music, and Mr Leaper and his orchestra provide an atmospheric accompaniment"

Penguin Guide

"an outstanding bargain"

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