LINDA BRAVA (1999)
Elgar, Salut D’amour (Liebesgruss), Op.12
Fauré, Berceuse, Op.16
Sibelius, Rondino, Op.81, No.2
Bach/Gounod, Ave Maria
Grieg, I. Allegro Molto Ed Appassionato
II. Allegretto Espressivo Alla Romanza – Allegro Molto – Tempo I
III. Allegro Animato
Sibelius, Humoresque I, Op.87, No.1
Paganini, Cantabile (Kompositionen Fur Gitarre Und Streich, 1. Serie, No. 8)
Sibelius, Romance, Op.78, No.2
Kreisler, Marche Miniature Viennoise
Linda started recording her first classical album with John Lenehan at Abbey Road Studios in London 1998 and the Linda Brava album was released worldwide in 1999, including Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor as well as lyrical violin miniatures by Edward Elgar, Gabriel Fauré, Jean Sibelius, Johann Sebastian Bach-Charles Gounod, Jules Massenet, Niccolò Paganini and Fritz Kreisler. The album peaked at number 14 on the UK Classical Chart and Linda became the biggest selling Finnish classical artist at the time.
Gramophone described the album as ”a delightful recital – played with such warmth, and an eloquent simplicity of line, that the ear is instantly beguiled – a welcome collection”. Classic FM Magazine dedicated its cover story for ”Linda BravaLampenius, Finland’s violin sensation”, and wrote that she plays ”with a pleasant, honeyed tone – making the most of her golden-voiced 1781 Galliano violin – and an unaffected grace that will surely win her many friends”. Composer and critic Paul Turok of Turok’s Choice thought ”the high point of her fine recital disc with pianist John Lenehan is a strong reading of Grieg’s Sonata” while the Evening Standard wrote ”her best playing comes in the three short pieces by her countryman Sibelius: the skittish Rondino extracts her quickest fingerwork, the Humoreske Op.87 No.1 wins her most tortured expression and the Romance Op.78 No.2 sings under her confident touch”. Classic FM UK played music from the album on a daily basis for several weeks, and it was also noted positively by BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM Australia.
Linda promoted the album in various newspapers, magazines and TV and radio shows all around Europe and the Far East, being featured on the back of a red double-decker bus driving on Oxford Street in London. Linda’s music video ”Ave Maria” was featured on Classic FM TV, and on the first edition of Classic FM 2003 DVD. Linda’s music video can be seen on C Music TV, which included the video in its August Highlights 2010.