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Johannes Brahms & Clara Schumann / Lisa Batiashvili, violin

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following her critically hailed Deutsche Grammophon debut, Echoes of Time - and growing acclaim for her concert appearances - violin virtuosa Lisa Batiashvili meets every challenge of Brahms's monumental Violin Concerto.

In each note, she finds the peace that is the core of this score's majestic tumult.

With maestro Christian Thielemann and the instrumentalists of the Staatskapelle Dresden, for whom German Romanticism is the birthright, Lisa Batiashvili's elegant, eloquent artistry finds ideal partners.

Meeting Thielemann exceeded all her expectations: ... his conducting was wild and fiery. At the same time I always had the feeling that I was being supported by the orchestra and that I had time to react.

Rounding out the program are Brahms chamber pieces, that Batiashvili plays together with young pianist Alice Sara Ott. For the first in their careers they teamed up to play the three romances.

It is, of course, very tempting to wonder about Brahm's Violin Concerto and Clara Schumann's Three Romances. What was the relationship between the two composers? Did they use music to express their love for each other? What is beyond doubt is that Brahms and Clara Schumann were close. And at least from the time that Robert Schumann was immured in an asylum at Endenich their contact grew more intense.

The Times, 18th January 2013
This performance is lively and warm, partly thanks to Batiashvili, who sets the dominant tone in her darkly sensuous opening line...And throughout Batiashvili remains herself: less showy than some but deeply responsive to the music's inner workings and its colours.

Sunday Times, 27th January 2013
Batiashvili can always justify revisiting a popular work such as the Brahms Violin Concerto. Her reading of this tough masterpiece is more lyrical than combative, but there is a tensile quality throughout. Speeds are well judged and the Dresden band play winningly.

The Guardian, 7th February 2013
The concerto is engrossingly done, with the first movement majestically shaped and the finale sensibly paced so that we appreciate its logic as well as her panache. And she does indeed play the Adagio like a declaration of love.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
Even before Lisa Batiashvili makes her entrance, we can sense this will be an outstanding performance of the Brahms. Finely balanced, spacious recording, with woodwind and horns well placed, highlights the fine orchestral playing...Batiashvili, too, finds a wholly convincing equilibrium between her bold, passionate entry and the more reflective music that follows...Batiashvili and Alice Sara Ott are splendid advocates for the Clara Schumann Romances.

MusicWeb International, 15th May 2013
Batiashvili's Brahms is beautifully played and makes rewarding listening but this is a most crowded catalogue...the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann provide the finest imaginable support. In the Clara Schumann Romances Alice Sara Ott demonstrates what a fine recital pianist she has become.


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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Elisabeth Batiashvili (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Staatskapele Dresden
  • Running Time: 38 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Elisabeth Batiashvili (Violin); Alice Ott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1853