Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

by Midori
     
 
Conductor Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic join violinist Midori in two of the "biggest" Russian violin concertos, those of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Midori's Tchaikovsky is fine, but holds no surprises.

Overview

Conductor Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic join violinist Midori in two of the "biggest" Russian violin concertos, those of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Midori's Tchaikovsky is fine, but holds no surprises. The Shostakovich, however, is a different matter -- Midori performs this rather difficult work with a creamy, melting sensuality that is in sharp contrast to the usual manner of performance given by the work's dedicatee David Oistrakh, who pointed up its more angular and aggressive characteristics. While both viewpoints on this concerto are valid and "work," one suspects that of the two, the average listener will warm up to Midori a bit more readily. CD booklet note writer David Grayson, following the general line in writing about the Shostakovich "Concerto," recalls the frustrating process through which this work was created. Where one would expect pain, Midori finds poetry; where one would expect frustration, Midori finds calm. This is not so much that she has sweetened the pot by changing the work in some way; rather it is through carefully re-thinking the concerto in a way that suits Midori's sound. No matter how you analyze it, this is a beautiful performance, and while the composer would have been pleased, Shostakovich purists may not be so easily satisfied. This is the "Masterworks Expanded Edition" of a Midori disc originally issued in 1998, Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich Violin Concertos. The original full-price Sony Classical edition contained the concertos only, taken from a live concert, whereas this new disc is fleshed out with three short studio-made selections drawn from Midori's early album Encore. It would have been a real bonus for Sony to have used some unreleased material to fill the disc out, or to have Midori record new tracks for the filler, but for some reason Sony did not see fit to go this extra distance. Also, while the "Expanded Edition" format does not promise a remastering, the sound on this is different from the original, a tad more quiet and distant in perspective to the concert recordings, less so in the studio ones. It is not an improvement.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969308820
catalogNumber:
93088

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

    1. I. Allegro moderato  (19:27)
    2. II. Canzonetta  (07:12)
    3. III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo  (10:19)
  2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)

    1. I. Nocturne. Adagio  (11:34)
    2. II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo  (06:31)
    3. III. Passacaglia. Andante  (12:31)
    4. IV. Burlesca. Allegro con brio  (05:15)
  3. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: No. 3. Mélodie

    1. No. 3. Mélodie  (03:57)
  4. Prelude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 34/16  (01:13)
  5. Prelude for piano, in D minor, Op. 34/24  (01:10)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Midori   Primary Artist

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