Visions of Prokofiev

Visions of Prokofiev

by Lisa BatiashviliLisa Batiashvili


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This release by the Georgian-German violinist Lisa Batiashvili is infused with history: in Hamburg Batiashvili studied with Mark Lubotsky, a student of David Oistrakh and likely someone who picked up a good deal of lore indirectly from Prokofiev himself. Furthermore, there are three highly enjoyable violin-and-orchestra transcriptions of familiar Prokofiev pieces by Batiashvili's father, Tamás Batiashvili. The title Visions of Prokofiev might lead you to expect a few more short pieces, but otherwise the album is given over to Prokofiev's pair of violin concertos. The "Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63," written in Spain, is the stronger of the pair: Batiashvili is a gifted, warm melodist (sample the first movement), and the collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Yannick Nézet-Séguin is especially happy here: the work is written for moderate-sized forces, and Nézet-Séguin reveals all manner of small details flowing under and around Batiashvili's melodic line. Batiashvili is confident in the rhythms of the sharper-edged "Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19," although here some may prefer a violinist with more bite. Your mileage may vary, but in any event this is a satisfying Prokofiev album that carries on a long tradition.

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Release Date: 02/16/2018
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947985297
catalogNumber: 002786302
Rank: 62692


  1. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights

    1. Dance of the Knights  (03:45)
  2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

    1. 1. Andantino  (09:57)
    2. 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo  (03:52)
    3. 3. Moderato  (08:57)
  3. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Grand Waltz

    1. Grand Waltz  (05:18)
  4. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

    1. 1. Allegro moderato  (10:43)
    2. 2. Andante assai - Allegretto  (09:16)
    3. 3. Allegro, ben marcato  (06:18)
  5. The Love for Three Oranges, opera, Op. 33: Grand March

    1. Grand March  (01:36)

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