The Strad

Brilliance and panache in two showstopper concertos’s Dego who steals the show, because if any interpretation were capable of lifting this work into the standard repertoire for the first time it would be this one. She movingly draws out its fragile undercurrent...while also delivering on its bravura pep.
The Paganini is equally convincing...but also letting it happen naturally through the music’s inbuilt flourishes; From Dego there’s joyful panache but within the context of control: her first entry arrives slender, effervescent and direct, with rubatos of the subtly flirty variety, and with a firm hold of the ducking and diving line. Add her technically en pointe upper-register warmth and sparkle – vital given that both concertos occupy the violin’s highest reaches – and this is a full house of excellence.