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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While older listeners may not be moved to cast aside their favorite recordings of Beethoven's "Violin Concerto," younger listeners may be moved to embrace this 2009 recording performed by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili. For one thing, Batiashvili has a virtuoso technique rivaling the best of past players. Her tone is pure but touched with sweetness, her intonation precise but not at all pedantic, her phrasing lyrical but not the least sappy, and her feeling for rhythm irresistible. For another thing, Batiashvili has a poetic sensibility likewise rivaling the best of past players. To top if off, Batiashvili functions as her own accompanist, leading the Deutsche ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While older listeners may not be moved to cast aside their favorite recordings of Beethoven's "Violin Concerto," younger listeners may be moved to embrace this 2009 recording performed by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili. For one thing, Batiashvili has a virtuoso technique rivaling the best of past players. Her tone is pure but touched with sweetness, her intonation precise but not at all pedantic, her phrasing lyrical but not the least sappy, and her feeling for rhythm irresistible. For another thing, Batiashvili has a poetic sensibility likewise rivaling the best of past players. To top if off, Batiashvili functions as her own accompanist, leading the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with a deft sense of partnership. Batiashvili has cunningly preceded her Beethoven recording with a set of six short pieces by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze called, appropriately enough, "Miniatures" arranged for violin and orchestra by the soloist's father and accompanied by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, also under the soloist's direction. Though neither Batiashvili nor anyone else would assert these works rival Beethoven's concerto in depth and substance, the "Miniatures" are inordinately charming pieces that not only introduce an otherwise unknown composer to an international public, but cleverly set up Beethoven's concerto so the listener can hear that warhorse with fresh, or at least fresher ears. Recorded in cool, clear digital sound, this recording deserves to be heard by anyone who enjoys Beethoven's "Violin Concerto."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886973340028
  • Catalog Number: 733400
  • Sales rank: 30,048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Work(s): Mzkemsuri - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1:31)
  2. 2 Work(s): Suliko - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (2:32)
  3. 3 Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Lale - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1:51)
  4. 4 Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Indi-Mindi - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (2:08)
  5. 5 Work(s): Tzin Tzkaro - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (2:44)
  6. 6 Three MIniatures, for string quartet: Satchidao - Tamaz Batiashvili & Sulkhan Tsintsadze (2:00)
  7. 7–9 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Fritz Kreisler (43:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Batiashvili Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Competition for "Best" Beethoven Violin Concerto

    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!

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