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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Henning Kraggerud also gives a powerful, red-blooded reading of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, treating it as a work very much in the great Romantic tradition. He may lack some of the deeper, more inward qualities that the very finest versions posses, but, with an unusual and very attractive coupling, it stands out among the bargain recommendations. The poignant G minor Serenade is also well served.

Penguin Guide, January 2009

Henning Kraggerud’s powerful reading of the Sibelius Violin Concerto comes here with an unusual and attractive coupling in another Scandinavian Violin Concerto, the first of the three written by the Norwegian Christian Sinding. Though the opening theme in this work is a barefaced crib from the finale of the Brahms Violin Concerto, Sinding’s individual voice is quickly established in the full-blooded first movement, leading to a darkly intense slow movement and dance-like finale. The shorter piece nicely points the contrast of character between the two composers. Full, vivid sound.

Giv Cornfield, Ph. D
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, January 2007

Soloist Kraggerud plays a 1744 Guarneri del Gesu violin once owned by Ole Bull, the 19th century Norwegian virtuoso and folk music champion. It was provided for this recording by a Taiwanese cultural foundation, and has obviously inspired the violinist to stellar heights of playing. Of the two concerti, I thought the rarely-recorded Sinding came off as more exciting, plus the fact that this is a world premiere recording of the lovely Romance in D. A truly international collaboration and a very happy one!

Edward Greenfield
Gramophone, November 2004

"The Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud gives a masterly performance of both concertos, warm and powerful, with a confident, wide vibrato and immaculate intonation. The recording has exceptional weight and fullness: at Naxos price the disc is an astonishing bargain."

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