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An ECHO for “Echoes Of Time“ with Lisa Batiashvili

Lisa Batiashvili's new recording of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 77 and Lyric Waltz from "Dance of the Dolls" by Dmitri Shostakovich and of the work "V & V" by Giya Kancheli has been awarded an ECHO 2011 in the category of "Instrumentalist of the Year."

The Georgian violinist is capable of the greatest internalisation as a soloist. The Nocturne: Moderato begins like music of mourning with deep strings, and Batiashvili also takes over the muted mood in dialogue with the gloomily accompanying bassoon. She plays the sad, endlessly long cantilena (that doesn't really correspond to the expectations raised by a more or less virtuoso solo concerto) emphatically only to a limited degree. The orchestra accompanies hesitantly - sometimes a piccolo solo joins in, then the celesta contributes strange tones that trickle like raindrops. Then, the cheeky Scherzo with its whirling woodwinds and the majestic pseudo-baroque passacaglia in the third movement form a striking contrast. In the Finale, too, Batiashvili remains optimistic, although the Burlesque of this harrowing work from the year 1947 radiates much sombreness.

The designation "Violin and Voice" is hidden behind the designation "V & V" of Giya Kancheli's striking work for violin, tape and string orchestra. In this work, the composer uses a tape recorded vocalise of the Georgian folk singer Gonashvili, who died in a tragic accident in 1988 and was greatly respected by the composer. Although this voice stands for eternity according to the composer's statement, the violin part embodies the earthly realm.

Echoes of Time“

including: Violin Concerto No. ! in A minor, Op. 77 and Lyric Waltz from "Dance of the Dolls" (Dmitri Shostakovich), "V & V" for Violin (Giya Kancheli), Tape and String Orchestra; Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (cond.)

Deutsche Grammophon CD 477 9299


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