[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Thursday 24 January 2013
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"Batiashvili can always justify revisiting a popular work such as the Brahms Violin Concerto. Her reading of this tough masterpiece is more lyrical than combative, but there is a tensile quality throughout. Speeds are well judged and the Dresden band play winningly." Sunday Times
"this performance is lively and warm, partly thanks to Batiashvili, who sets the dominant tone in her darkly sensuous opening line...And throughout Batiashvili remains herself: less showy than some but deeply responsive to the music's inner workings and its colours." The Times, 18th January 2013 ****
"Batiashvili can always justify revisiting a popular work such as the Brahms Violin Concerto. Her reading of this tough masterpiece is more lyrical than combative, but there is a tensile quality throughout. Speeds are well judged and the Dresden band play winningly." Sunday Times, 27th January 2013
Following her critically hailed Deutsche Grammophon debut, Echoes of Time - and growing acclaim for her concert appearances - violin virtuosa Lisa Batiashvili meets every challenge of Brahms's monumental Violin Concerto.
With maestro Christian Thielemann and the instrumentalists of the Staatskapelle Dresden, for whom German Romanticism is the birthright, Lisa Batiashvili's elegant, eloquent artistry finds ideal partners. Meeting Thielemann exceeded all her expectations: ". . .his conducting was wild and fiery. At the same time I always had the feeling that I was being supported by the orchestra and that I had time to react."
Rounding out the programme are Clara Schumann chamber pieces which Batiashvili plays together with young pianist Alice Sara Ott. For the first time in their careers they teamed up to play the three romances.
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann
Romances (3), Op. 22
with Alice Sara Ott (piano)