By Megan Westberg
Violinist Janet Sung made her debut with a major orchestra at age 9, and went on to study with Josef Gingold and Dorothy Delay. Her career as a soloist from such auspicious beginnings seems a logical transition, and Sung, with new album Edge of Youth to be released tomorrow on Sono Luminus, is celebrating a moment of transformation—from young, precocious prodigy to mature adult artist.
To mark this moment in her artistic journey, Sung says she “gravitated toward works that were striking to me and in some ways unexpected—whether it was a new sound world, a new perspective on an old familiar work, or the surprising way certain works profoundly grew in their impact.” The album ranges from more familiar pieces (Enescu, Britten, and Prokofiev) to the contemporary.
This track, Dissolve, O My Heart, is by contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli, and was inspired by Bach’s Partita in D minor.