- Violin Concerto, Op. 14
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
EMI Angel's Barber & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos features the Barber and Dmitry Shostakovich violin concerti as interpreted by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Maxim Shostakovich. This may have been the best recording made by Salerno-Sonnenberg under the terms of her EMI contract, and is one of the finest violin concerto discs of the digital era, demonstrating Salerno-Sonnenberg in peak form. Salerno-Sonnenberg handles both works with equal care, her playing being a model of how to balance poise with passion. Likewise, Shostakovich's shepherding of the London Symphony Orchestra never overrides the soloist, maintaining a smooth, controlled texture; Shostakovich's orchestral underpinning falls beneath Salerno-Sonnenberg's violin like an expensive Berber carpet. But even as she is star of the show, Salerno-Sonnenberg doesn't let it get to her head. Throughout, Salerno-Sonnenberg's playing is smooth like cream and very expressive, although when the emotional content of the music heats up, she reacts in kind. The sound she makes is pure -- one does not hear, or even think, of the contact the bow makes with the instrument. This is the original, full-price issue of Barber & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos that has been deleted from EMI's active catalog. This disc was re-introduced in a new version issued in May 2005.