28 Jul 2022
"Johan Dalene triumphs in Barber's Violin Concerto at the BBC Proms."
Johan made his Proms debut on the 26th of July in front of an enthusiastic audience in a basically sold-out Royal Albert Hall, playing Barber's Violin Concerto together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jordan de Souza. The concert was broadcasted worldwide on BBC Radio 3.
"The evening undoubtedly belonged to the young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, Barber’s Violin Concerto fitting him like a glove. Dalene’s superb intonation, honeyed tone and seamless phrasing were apparent from the start, which felt like eavesdropping on a private conversation between soloist and orchestra, the elegance of the discourse underlined by the refinement of the playing. His capacity to sustain an absorbing narrative line, taking the listener through to the pastoral idyll of the slow movement, was one of the remarkable features of Dalene’s reading. Dalene’s Ysaÿe encore merely confirmed Gramophone’s judgement some years back that he is indeed One-to-Watch."
Bachtrack, Alexander Hall