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Expanded Edition - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich / Midori


Release Date: 02/24/2004 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 93088   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  MidoriRobert McDonald
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Works on This Recording

1.
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. 
2.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 3, Mélodie by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Midori (Violin), Robert McDonald (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/1992 
Venue:  Alexander Hall, Princeton University, NJ 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 16 in B flat minor, Andantino by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Midori (Violin), Robert McDonald (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/1992 
Venue:  Alexander Hall, Princeton University, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitri Tsyganov 
4.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 34: no 24 in D minor, Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Robert McDonald (Piano), Midori (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/1992 
Venue:  Alexander Hall, Princeton University, NJ 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Dmitri Tsyganov 
5.
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). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A beautiful Tchaikovsky and riveting Shostakovich October 7, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "10-06-2014 The much played and war horse traveler Tchaikovsky D major Violin Concerto is presented here along with the doomed but wonderfully lyrical and positive thinking late Italian maestro, Claudio Abbado and his incomparable Berlin Philharmonic in a recording captured March 3-11, 1995 "live" in Berlin's home palace of music, the Philharmonie. It is coupled along with the 1st Concerto in a minor, by Dimitri Shostakovich, a work I discovered for myself a couple of years ago and haven't stopped jumping up and down over since that glorious day. It is for me, a truly great 20th piece and THE finest modern piece of modern music, although it may seem less of a modern marvel at this time. Instead of simply leading into the big, dark, brooding dark juicy drama of the tormented sound world of this magnificent Soviet era composer with a simply run f the mill and routine Tchaikovsky she gives us a grand and eloquent and poetic reading with unusual insight and depth. So much so that the Berlin audience returns her efforts with an exceedingly enthusiastic reception and shouts of bravos, things not automatically accorded even German artists that often. To say that she has successfully balanced two rather different and fundamentally contrasting major works for the violin and orchestra is putting it mildly, to say the least. And for a young artist, she displays marvelous understanding and poignancy in traversing the huge chasms of thought and technique the composer throws down as the gauntlet, having, all the time, a violinist of the caliber of David Oistrakh as the premiere soloist ALTHOUGH STILL A YOUNG LADY, Miss Midori is challenged to the hilt by the "knock-out weightiness and visceral effect of this great work and it's crushing seriousness of this formidable masterpiece of the 20th Century repertoire genius of this a-minor tour de force, already having been hailed in the classical press as a truly great, inventive and exquisitely constructed piece of concertante splendor and construction, well beyond even some of the world's best tacticians and poets of the fiddle. And yet she pulls all off with aplomb and competency. For my ears, the best reading remains the Naxos teaming of Antoni Wit and Ilyah Kayler, matched up with my additional homework assignment, the 2nd Violin Concerto in D Major. The all-American "girl-next-door," our very own Hilary Hahn enters the ring with a very fine account of her own and for her disarming youthfulness, she, too, delivers an exceptional reading of her very own, guided by the steadying influence of the scholarly Marek Janowski I own, but cannot currently locate my old copy of Viktoria Mullova's reading with Previn on Philips, and also a locatable Vengerov/Rostropovich Teldec release but only a few others are out there to sample but precious little other readings, the most famous, although perhaps too dynamically shocking play by Nadia Solernno-Sonnenberg. The Shostakovich concerto is also a live taping and has an equally thunderous finale from the live Philharmonie audience that rivals well her reception after the Tchaikovsky presentation. I'm not sure if the current price this disc is going for, but I "stole it" from this site for, get this, 44 cents1 No kidding! Wht a deal! Don't hesitate a minute, get yours today and enjoy, Best wishes and God bless you all, fellow listeners. Tony. AMDG!!!" Report Abuse
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