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Sibelius & Lindberg: Violin Concertos / Oramo, Batiashvili, Finnish Radio So


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 712936   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusMagnus Lindberg
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The new Lindberg is oustanding and 'civilised' Sibelius proves rewarding

It’s been said that Magnus Lindberg forges his works more from harmony and rhythm than from unfolding melodic lines, and the celestial acrobatics of this neatly constructed Violin Concerto, a real star-burst of a piece, tend to bear out that theory. It was premiered last year in New York, the soloist, as here, Lisa Batiashvili, whose agility and tonal sweetness serve as an ideal foil for the blinding colours on Lindberg’s constantly shifting canvas. The work opens like a bright light descending, the soloist a first among equals who, beyond her brief cadenza, witnesses a gradual
Read more darkening of orchestral texture. The harmonic complexion can be either ravishing or dissonant, and the range of musical gesture, from ethereal reverie to Bartókian dance is consistently gripping. The breathless stream of invention recalls Lindberg’s similarly hyperactive Clarinet Concerto and I can’t image that anyone who enjoyed that work wouldn’t also relish this one.

Sibelius’s Concerto provides a comforting disc companion, especially as the performance so memorably focuses on the dreamier elements of the first movement. Batiashvili bows a seamless, sensual line, her tone smooth as silk. Sakari Oramo conducts a cleanly detailed and warmly articulated accompaniment, stronger on pulse than on drama, and at times sounding almost like chamber music. Those who like their Sibelius flinty or rough-hewn might find this reading just a little too civilised, though for me the joy of hearing everything so considerately thought through and “joined up” more than compensates for a lack of elemental drive. In any case it’s the Lindberg that makes this disc unmissable.

-- Rob Cowan, Gramophone [11/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Length: 32 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin by Magnus Lindberg
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 

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