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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no 1, etc / Josefowicz, et al

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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
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Notes & Reviews:

Canadian violinist Lelia Josefowicz follows her acclaimed recital disc of music by Ravel, Messiaen, Beethoven, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Mark Grey with this new release of major works by Shostakovich. The performance of the concerto was recorded live over two concerts in January 2006. This Shostakovich recording is released during 2006 to celebrate the composer's centenary year. Ms. Josefowicz is joined in the Violin Sonata by pianist John Novacek; a student of Peter Serkin. "In short, a fantastic talent." -Gramophone

"There is a feeling now of an artist really finding her own style. An intense, passionate and lyrical disc... " (Observer Music Magazine). Canadian violinist Lelia Josefowicz follows her acclaimed recital CD of music by Ravel, Messiaen, Beethoven, Salonen, and Grey with this new release of major works by Shostakovich. Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto is a poignant work written just after World War II. The performance of the concerto was recorded live over two concerts in January 2006. The Violin Sonata is a brooding masterpiece from near the end of Shostakovich's life. Josefowicz is joined in the Violin Sonata by pianist John Novacek. Novacek - described as "a wise, nimble, sensitive artist" in the New York Times - studied under Peter Serkin and worked with Isaac Stern.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (01/11/2006/01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134
  • Performers: Leila Josefowicz (Violin); John Novacek (Piano)
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (01/11/2006/01/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968