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

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969308820
  • Catalog Number: 93088
  • Sales rank: 19,428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Claudio Abbado (36:58)
  2. 4–7 Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Claudio Abbado (35:51)
  3. 5 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: No. 3. Mélodie - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Claudio Abbado (3:57)
  4. 6 Prelude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 34/16 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Robert McDonald (1:13)
  5. 7 Prelude for piano, in D minor, Op. 34/24 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Robert McDonald (1:10)
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