Much Ado: Romantic Violin Pieces – Danbi Um, Amy Yang

September 1, 2023, 9:00 am

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Korean American violinist Danbi Um’s solo debut recording, Much Ado, highlights her virtuosity in repertoire by Austro-German composers Korngold, Kreisler, and Wagner, Hungarian-inspired music by Brahms, Hubay, and Dohnányi, and works by Jewish composers Achron, Bloch, and Zeitlin. The album is as striking for the young musician’s choice of “old world” repertoire as her virtuoso interpretations and the sumptuous sound she draws from her 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin. Um conjures memories of a musical Golden Age, a sensibility instilled in her by a roster of internationally renowned tutors.