Session Report: Johan Dalene on recording Neoclassical 20th-century works


The young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene speaks to Tom Stewart about recording his fourth album, a recital of luminous, Neoclassical 20th-century music for violin and piano

Violinist Johan Dalene’s latest album, Stained Glass, takes its name from the final track, a short, luminous piece by Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz (1909–69). A contemporary of Britten, Messiaen and Shostakovich, Bacewicz is still little-known to many listeners in the UK. That’s a shame, because her bright, bold music more than holds its own in a crowded field – but, as with any unfamiliar composer, it can be hard to know where to start. This new album, which features four works by Bacewicz alongside more familiar ones by Ravel, Prokofiev and Arvo Pärt (and the briefest of appearances of music by Lili Boulanger), would be a great place to begin one’s explorations…

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