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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Mordkovitch, Järvi

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This coupling completely explodes the idea of the Second Violin Concerto being a disappointment after the dramatic originality of No 1.

Certainly No 2, completed in 1967, a year after the very comparable Cello Concerto No 2, has never won the allegiance of violin virtuosos as the earlier work has done, but here Lydia Mordkovitch confirms what has become increasingly clear, that the spareness of late Shostakovich marks no diminution of his creative spark, maybe even the opposite. In that she's greatly helped by the equal commitment of Neeme Järvi in drawing such purposeful, warmly expressive playing from the SNO. With such spare textures the first two movements can be difficult to hold together, but here from the start, where Mordkovitch plays the lyrical first theme in a hushed, beautifully withdrawn way, the concentration is consistent. It isn't just that Mordkovitch has the benefit of far fuller recording and a less close recording balance, but that her playing has an even wider range of colouring and dynamic than Oistrakh's.

She conveys more of the mystery of the work and is perfectly matched by the orchestra. As in the First Concerto the principal horn has a vital role, here crowning each of the first two movements with a solo of ecstatic beauty in the coda. The range of the recording helps in the finale, where the Allegro has a satisfyingly barbaric bite, while the scherzando element is delectably pointed, as it is in the first movement too.

In the First Concerto Mordkovitch is hardly less impressive. As in Concerto No 2 one of her strengths lies in the meditative intensity which she brings to the darkly lyrical writing of the first and third movements. Here, too, she has never sounded quite so full and warm of tone on record before. In the brilliant second and fourth movements she may not play with quite the demonic bravura of Oistrakh, but again there's no lack of power, and in place of demonry she gives rustic jollity to the dance rhythms, faithfully reflecting the title of the finale, Burlesque. She's helped by recorded sound far fuller than Oistrakh's. This is a superb disc.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (10/16/1989-10/17/1989)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (10/16/1989-10/17/1989)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1967