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Shostakovich: Concertos for Violin and Orchestra Nos. 1 & 2 / Sayaka Shoji, violin

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The two violin concertos on this recording occupy a major place in Shostakovich's output and document especially difficult periods in his life. The condemnation of his music in 1948 and the subsequent "wilderness years" are shown in the Concerto No.1 and the incessant health problems Shostakovich endured after 1963 are echoed in the Concerto No.2, a work that marked his first dodecaphonic experiments. Violinist Sayaka Shoji offers brilliant and virtuosic readings of these powerful masterpieces, characterized by their somber emotional hues, sarcastic outbursts of the fast movements, and the fiendish difficulties of the cadenzas.

BBC Music Magazine
Shoji delivers technically flawless and insightful performances. Despite its authentically grainy Russian timbre, the Ural Philharmonic is sometimes flaccid.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Mirare's engineers have captured the orchestra with great clarity and fidelity... Shoji plays with almost invariable technical and tonal control, and these characteristics might make her highly successful in works from the standard repertoire's center...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie de Ekaterinburg en Russie (08/2011).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
  • Performer: Sayaka Shoji (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Liss
  • Ensemble: Ural Phiharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1947-48.
  • Running Time: 37 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Sayaka Shoji (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dmitri Liss
  • Notes: Composition written: 1967.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1967