A splendid new version of Paganini's Violin Concerto in D, the most famous, because of the enticing lyrical theme of the first movement. Midori, an astonishingly accomplished 13 year old, is fully equal to the work's formidable technical demands and one is never made to feel uncomfortable when she is dealing with the pyrotechnics of the upper tessitura. Slatkin's pacing of all three movements is admirably judged, and the soloist is able to relax in the finale while she produces her effortless bravura. The recording is realistically balanced, the soloist forward but not on top of the listener, with the orchestra making suitably exuberant sounds in the tuttis. What clinches the matter are the encores. Midori offers good performances of twoRead more Tchaikovsky morceaux de concert, producing some ravishingly melancholy timbre in the Serenade melancolique.