The contemporary classical scene requires not just instrumental chops but conceptual smarts, too. In addition to the precision and style she brings to the violin, this Norwegian virtuoso shows a flair for programming, pairing wartime concertos by Britten and Korngold. Frang complicates the former’s occasionally icy emotional tenor by bringing out a singing quality in the violin’s lines; in the Korngold, she renders the second movement cadenza as dryly as possible. Conductor James Gaffigan and the Frankfurt players give supple support for each of Frang’s sizzling interpretations.
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: I. Moderato nobile