A nice idea – fifteen short pieces of music (TT: sixty minutes) that find Janine Jansen playing with fervour and sentiment on twelve different Stradivari violins accompanied stylishly by one man, Antonio Pappano, and his piano. Fine artistry from both musicians, although the pleasure is initially compromised by a fiercely loud transfer that thankfully can be tamed to advantage, even though Jansen’s violins tend to dominate the balance, Pappano’s piano a little distant and cramped into the left of the aural picture, if not all the time (two recording engineers are credited for Cadogan Hall, London, November 30-December 2 last year). The slower numbers are especially successful – Suk, Schumann, Tchaikovsky (twice), Szymanowski, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Heuberger, Kreisler, Jerome Kern – the lion’s share of the recital, enhanced by Tully Potter’s booklet note. Decca 485 1605.

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