Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Tsintsadze: Miniatures

Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Tsintsadze: Miniatures

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by Lisa Batiashvili
     
 
For her second Sony Classical release, acclaimed violinist Lisa Batiashvili couples the greatest of all violin concertos -- Ludwig van Beethoven’s -- with six miniature pieces by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze, recorded with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. In an unusual move, Batiashvili has chosen to start the album with these pieces, which she believes will

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For her second Sony Classical release, acclaimed violinist Lisa Batiashvili couples the greatest of all violin concertos -- Ludwig van Beethoven’s -- with six miniature pieces by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze, recorded with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. In an unusual move, Batiashvili has chosen to start the album with these pieces, which she believes will allow the listener to hear Beethoven’s concerto "with completely refreshed ears." The six pieces were originally written for string quartet and have been adapted for solo violin and chamber orchestra. In the Beethoven Concerto, Batiashvili leads the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as soloist. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2009
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886973340028
catalogNumber:
733400

Tracks

  1. Work(s): Mzkemsuri

    1. Mzkemsuri  (01:31)
  2. Work(s): Suliko

    1. Suliko  (02:32)
  3. Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Lale

    1. Lale  (01:51)
  4. Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Indi-Mindi

    1. Indi-Mindi  (02:08)
  5. Work(s): Tzin Tzkaro

    1. Tzin Tzkaro  (02:44)
  6. Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Satchidao

    1. Satchidao  (02:00)
  7. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

    1. Allegro ma non troppo  (24:38)
    2. Larghetto  (09:05)
    3. Rondo. Allegro  (10:01)

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Tsintsadze: Miniatures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ClasseekGeek More than 1 year ago
The violin concerti discography is dominated by the corporate giants DGG, Decca and Universal. Vadim Repin's Beethoven concerto on DGG is a marketing flop. Hyped and ballyhooed as the crowned successor to Menuhin, Repin serves up a lackluster performance. This listener applauds Sony Classical for boldly marketing a relatively unknown "foreign" violinist to the American consumer. Lisa Batiashvili may look femininely appealing, but her virtuosic performance is anything but, especially on the Beethoven. Notice that she commands respect by doing her own conducting and thereby evokes a large scale atmosphere from the get-go. Her energetic and spirited intonation contrasts from the plush romanticism of Repin. Her style of playing compares most favorably to Isabelle Faust and Christian Tetzlaff. The beautiful largetto is played with great sensitivity, and she can clearly play the high notes. The finale, too, is played spritely instead of bucolic, like Perlman, for example. The six Tsintsadze miniatures are a delight. Granted they are certainly not virtuosic works, yet they add a brilliant, festive mood to the entire recording. By having them played as an introduction, they serve as a delectable appetizer to the main course. In essence, Batiashvili plays with a fervency and fire because these works are meaningful to her. The performance matches her intensity with a mixture of genuine sincerity and passionate commitment that can only be appreciated with awe. Well done, and highly recommended!