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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)

Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN FOR MEDITATION (Swedish Edition) Naxos
8.557751
Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies, Concertos and Overtures (Complete) (12-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501204
Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto / Piano Concerto in D Major, Op. 61a (Jando, Dong-Suk Kang, Kliegel, Drahos) Naxos
8.554288
Concerto
CHILL WITH BEETHOVEN Naxos
8.556790
Concerto
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.556629
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Concerto
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
Concerto
ELGAR (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556672
Concerto
ELGAR (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552133-34
Concerto
ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto / WIENIAWSKI, H.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Dong-Suk Kang, Bisengaliev, Leaper, Wit) Naxos
8.572952
Concerto
ELGAR: Violin Concerto / Cockaigne Overture Naxos
8.550489
Concerto
FAURE (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556679
Chamber Music, Orchestral
FAURE: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550906
Chamber Music
French Violin Sonatas Naxos
8.550276
Chamber Music
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concerto
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL NZ 2001 Naxos
8.555883
Concerto
Lark Ascending (The): Violin Showpieces Naxos
8.553509
Concerto
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 Albums (9-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.509003
Chamber Music
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
8.578203
Chamber Music
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Concerto
RAVEL (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556673
Chamber Music
RAVEL (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552125-26
Chamber Music
ROMANCE Naxos
8.553216
Concerto
SAINT-SAENS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556675
Concerto
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / LALO, E.: Symphonie espagnole (Dong-Suk Kang, Bisengaliev, Wit, Wildner) Naxos
8.572950
Concerto
SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 / Piano Concerto No. 2 Naxos
8.553277
Concerto
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 / Caprice Andalous Naxos
8.550752
Orchestral, Concerto
SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) (Dong-Suk Kang, Devoyon) Naxos
8.550420
Chamber Music
SIBELIUS (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556677
Concerto
SIBELIUS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552135-36
Concerto
SIBELIUS COLLECTION Naxos
8.550803
Concerto
SIBELIUS, J. / ELGAR, E.: Violin Concertos (Dong-Suk Kang, A. Leaper) Naxos
8.553233
Concerto
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / SINDING: Legende / HALVORSEN: Norwegian Dances Naxos
8.550329
Orchestral, Concerto
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Concerto
SKØNNE GRØNNE DAGE (Beautiful Green Days) Naxos
8.578202
Concerto
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral, Concerto
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Concerto
VIOLIN BLISS Naxos
8.578052
Concerto
WALTON: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.554325
Concerto





 
 
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