Echoes of Time

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KANCHELI / PART / RACHMANINOV / SHOSTAKOVICH
Echoes of Time
Lisa Batiashvili (violin) / Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 10 March 2011

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"few if any [recordings of the Shostakovich] are finer than this one...Batiashvili's reflective, almost weightless approach in the opening Nocturne...is rendered more distinctive by the resonant acoustic of the empty Herkulessaal." (Recording of the Month Gramophone)

"few if any [recordings of the Shostakovich] are finer than this one...Batiashvili's reflective, almost weightless approach in the opening Nocturne...is rendered more distinctive by the resonant acoustic of the empty Herkulessaal...the passacaglia is exceptionally poised and the cadenza more sheerly musical than usual. The finale whizzes to its end without undue triumphalism."
(Recording of the Month Gramophone)

Lisa Batiashvili's debut album for DG, 'Echoes of Time', is a matter of the heart - Lisa focuses her program on composers whose lives and work have been heavily influenced by the political happenings in former Soviet Union. Inspired by personal experience, Lisa, herself, went into German exile with her family during the political upheaval in Georgia in 1991.

The program spans the whole of the 20th century, classics by Shostakovich 'Waltz from the Doll's Dances' and Rachmaninov's ever popular 'Vocalise', are combined with Georgian composer, Giya Kancheli's 'V and V', and Estonian, Arvo Pärt's 'Spiegel im Spiegel'. 'Spiegel im Spiegel' was written shortly before the composer went into exile.

For Pärt's 'Spiegel im Spiegel' and Rachmaninov's 'Vocalise' Lisa teams up with one of our DG's most distinctive pianists, Hélène Grimaud. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Symphonie orchester des bayerischen

Tracks:

Kancheli:
V & V for violin and taped voice with string orchestra

Pärt:
Spiegel im Spiegel

Rachmaninov:
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
(with Hélène Grimaud, piano)

Shostakovich:
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
Lyric Waltz (Dances of the Dolls)