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Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos / Salerno-Sonnenberg


Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 76804   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Samuel BarberDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This may have been the best recording made by Salerno-Sonnenberg under the terms of her EMI contract, and is one of the finest violin concerto discs of the digital era, demonstrating Salerno-Sonnenberg in peak form.

Salerno-Sonnenberg handles both works with equal care, her playing being a model of how to balance poise with passion. Likewise, Shostakovich's shepherding of the London Symphony Orchestra never overrides the soloist, maintaining a smooth, controlled texture; Shostakovich's orchestral underpinning falls beneath Salerno-Sonnenberg's violin like an expensive Berber carpet. But even as she is star of the show, Salerno-Sonnenberg doesn't let it get to her head. Throughout, Salerno-Sonnenberg's playing is smooth like
Read more cream and very expressive, although when the emotional content of the music heats up, she reacts in kind. The sound she makes is pure -- one does not hear, or even think, of the contact the bow makes with the instrument.

– Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Violin)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
2. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Violin)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: This concerto was originally published in 1956 as Op. 99.
Composition written: USSR (1947 - 1955). 

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