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Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos / Midori, Abbado

Release Date: 09/22/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 68338   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Midori
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Tchaikovsky was inspired to write his Violin Concerto by Lalo's 'Symphonie espagnole,' its musical lineage reaches back to Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Consciously or not, Tchaikovsky was composing in Beethoven's shadow, as did Brahms at about the same time. Neither of these influences, however, kept Tchaikovsky's concerto from being completely his own, and it is performed here to technical perfection by Midori and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado.
As a companion to the Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich's first Violin Concerto comes across as much more of a study in abstracts, considerably less rooted in the German symphonic tradition. This work was written for David Oistrakh just after Shostakovich's music was
Read more condemned by Stalin's cultural regime, and could not be performed until 1955. It was one of many works Shostakovich wrote during those years to truly satisfy his compositional urges while turning out public works to satisfy the state.
This pair of live Berlin performances makes an attractive disc for collectors and more general music lovers. Sony's sound is, as always, quite full and captures every nuance of the performance while omitting most audience noise. In a bit of interesting editing, however, the same deservedly enthusiastic applause follows both works. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 36 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 35 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This concerto was originally published in 1956 as Op. 99.
Composition written: USSR (1947 - 1955). 

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