- Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
- Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano
- Dances of the Dolls (7), suite for piano (arr. from the ballet suites for orchestra): Lyrical Waltz
- V & V, for violin & taped voice with string orchestra
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili makes her much-anticipated Deutsche Grammophon debut with this startling program featuring classics by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov as well as works by Kancheli and Pärt.
The centerpiece of this album is Batiashvili's performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto no. 1 in a minor with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The sound of Shostakovich belongs to Lisa Batiashvili's earliest memories and during her childhood, she often heard her father's string quartet rehearse Shostakovich's music. This work forms the core of a collection of pieces which all cast light on Soviet Russia.
Batiashvili's native Georgia is represented with Giya Kancheli's haunting V & V, a small taste of a sound world which is markedly different from, yet somehow connected to, that of its massive northern neighbor. "Georgian people are actually not at all related to Russians", explains Lisa Batiashvili. "You have the mountains and the sea and great weather for eight months of the year -- Of course, I cannot avoid sounding Georgian when I play. I spent my childhood there, and when you are in Georgia, you feel something very intense. It's in my genes and in my veins, even if I've spent more than 20 years now in Europe." It is with this personal devotion and pride that Batiashvili champions the music of her compatriot.
This recording not only allowed Batiashvili to work with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, but also brought about the long-awaited chance to perform with pianist Hélène Grimaud, for Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel and Rachmaninov's Vocalise. While Pärt and Kancheli, like Shostakovich, both felt the weight of Soviet oppression, Rachmaninov's music expresses a nostalgic yearning for his homeland that Lisa Batiashvili feels fits well with the other works on the recording. It balances the sweetness of Shostakovich's Lyrical Waltz, written for the piano and arranged for violin and orchestra by her father, with echoes of another age, she says. From the Label
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