Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
 
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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

1 Jan 1990 | Format: MP3

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12:29
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6:29
30
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14:44
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4:47
30
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13:03
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9:36
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8:13


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1990
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:09:21
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  • ASIN: B001MVAR40
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,653 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mr christopher orton on 5 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
This disc is already well known in the business as being a performance of some individuality, as it has a Gramaphone award. However, I feel that with this recording, there is something that is difficult to define, an un-quantifiable aspect of performance that is very rare. Ms Mordkovitch manages to evoke all the emotions of this music within the listener. We have fear, anger, irony and even humour within her playing, every colour and timbre is extracted from the violin. Her sound is tremendous; she pushes her violin so much that at times the result can be almost unbearable. Yet it is exactly what this music demands, and for me, this is the most satisfying performance I have heard on disc so far. In particular the first concerto, the cadenza flys past us, her choice of tempi throughout is on the daring side. matters of technique are irrelevant here, as it is how she uses her technique in the music. in short it is phenominal. I have a number of her recordings, I would also recomend her reading of the prokofiev concerti, and a boxed set of violin sonatas. on occasions in these cds, her intonation can faulter; however, the excitement and emotion that she puts into her performances cover up such blemishes. I highly recommend this recording, from a star of the Soviet era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
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Mordkavitch is an astonishing violinist: a violinist with a formidable technique who plays with an intensity and wildness but who cannot be simply contained within a box labelled in that way. Her range is far more broad than would be implied by such a description and she is always first and foremost a true musician. She never seems to fall into the trap of sounding overblown (as even Vengerov can for me) or into the opposite trap of being bland or one dimensional or lacking in character. She always sounds like a human being playing a violin (to borrow from Sibelius on Kempff - not that her approach to music resembles Kempff's in any way!) thus adding an extra depth to music that can be wonderful with mere intensity and wildness (but dies in the hands of the bland)! A recommended disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trond Halle on 9 Mar 2013
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Shostakovich at the best. I have many recordings of Shostakovich Violin Concertos. Next to Oistrakh is this recording my favourite. Mordkovitch has the right feeling of these two masterpieces and Järvi is following up. The sound is also at it's best. Highly recommended. Look up for their recording of Prokofiev's Concertos as well.
Trond. Shetland,
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 21 Feb 2008
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Shostakovich's first violin concerto must be one of the greatest violin concertos. There is bite and aggression; furthermore, it deeply resonates with the utter bleakness and sadness of life in the 20th century for those under communist rule. This is a piece to be seen and heard in the concert hall but if you can't do that, well this is a very good recording indeed. The second violin concerto is not in the same league.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Gramophone Winner 9 May 2007
By ricardo_guerrero - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD won a Gramophone Award when it was first released - and it's not hard to see why. The sound engineering is absolutely incredible as well, and I'm sure that played a part in it. This is probably the best pairing of the two Shostakovitch violin concertos out there. Mordovitch is clearly very much at home with both of these melodically dark and musically very different compositions. Jarvi got exactly the kind of sound needed from the orchestra, to match Mordkovitch's gigantic tone. The better-known first concerto has many pleasing moments, but Mordkovitch's playing of the spacious third movement cadenza is probably what got the disc the Grammy. Never before, and probably never again, will you hear the bridge between the third and fourth movements tossed off with such panache and technical perfection. The prickly second concerto is a relatively new addition to the repertoire (premiered only 40 years ago). While the first concerto has a number of fine recordings (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's is quite spectacular as well), you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than this of the second. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Extraordinary 10 Feb 2010
By David Keppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lydia Mordkovitch's performance -- in particular of the passacaglia in the First Violin Concerto -- is one of the most remarkable in all classical music recorded on disc. It is a complete fusion of technical virtuosity, musical integrity, and passionate spirituality. As others have noted, the superb sound quality of this recording lets you experience this work in all its vividness and depth.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One of Jarvi/SNO best recordings 24 Oct 2005
By J. Vich - Published on Amazon.com
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Neeme Jarvi and (Royal) Scottish National Orchetra made number of great recordings. Of course, there are exaples of just average, lukewarm recordings, not worth of owning - for exaple whole Richard Strauss's cycle. But this not the case. Performances of Shostakovich's violin concertos are among the best recordings they've made together, and what's most important, Lydia Mordkovich shows the same perfection here. Very recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If Emotional Expression Is Number One On Your List Then Get This CD 23 Oct 2012
By Dmitri - Published on Amazon.com
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Mordkovitch was a student of Oistrakh. To tell the truth no one can really match Oistrakh technically in both these concertos. But I do think that Mordkovitch is better with her emotional expression of these Shostakovich Violin Concertos. Both Mordkovitch and Jarvi spin out the Nocturne ever so slowly in the 1st Violin Concerto. The scherzo has some real zip to it. The third movement couldn't be better judged. The finale has a lot of steam like a locomotive train (which is what I visualize when I hear it).

The Violin Concerto No.2 comes from the late years of Shostakovich. Some have said that it is prickly. While this is true I believe only the first movement has this quality. The second movement is heartfelt and it is a beautiful thing when the horn and violin meet near the end of the movement. The finale has a lot of get up and go and is not sad like the Cello Concerto No.2.

I would choose this as my first pick for each of the concertos.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must-listen from a violinist with a passionate point of view 9 Oct 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Lydia Mordkovitch, who is Russian born but a longtime resident of the UK, isn't well known on this die of the Atlantic; an Oistrakh pupil who plays with his strength and authority, she is now 68, and her best known recordings are the two Prokofiev violin concertos and these two of Shostakovich, both conducted by Neeme Jarvi. anyone who wants to escape the refined oh-so-correctness of current violin playing will appreciate that Mordkovitch has personality and personal ideas to go with it. She can be abrasive and strong-minded, which reminds me of someone younger in the same vein, Leila Josefowicz.

The Shostakovich First has entered the standard repertoire, and although its dedicatee, Davoid Oistrakh, made outstanding recordings of it (especially with Yevgeny Mravinsky), they are no longer incomparable. There are half a dozen superlative recordings, my favorite being from the mesmerizing Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan (with Masur, on Naive). The score is unusual in beginning with a haunting slow movement, and I'm glad that Mordkovitch doesn't refine it out of existence. This is bleakness that isn't hollow but remains emotional. She is abrasive in the hacking attacks that begin the Scherzo, and again full of passion that overrides any mere display. This is one of Shostakovich's most biting Scherzos, and it should have teeth. Jarvi's rough and ready conducting style fits the score well, too; the recorded sound is fairly distant for the orchestra but close for the violin. This, too, works well, because it's Mordkovitch who has all the ideas.

The slow movement features a solo Passacaglia that is the essence of defiant suffering; it's one of the composer's greatest utterances, which Oistrakh's power carried off to unforgettable effect. (Even more remarkably because the great violinist was a Soviet company man, like Richter.) Jarvi delivers the horn-dominated opening as a cry from the heart before the solemn procession of the Passacaglia begins. Even the best violinists, no doubt afraid to out-Herod Herod, don't try to imitate Oistrakh, and this can seem like underplaying. Mordkovitch displays heartbreaking melancholy beauty in the melodic line, steadily tightening the screws to a painful intensity (which, after all, must be why Shostakovich chose this repetitive form).

In the solo section she, too, avoids Oistrakh's approach, but her alternative - very slow, dream-like, and reflective - has its own expressive power. Her variety and richness of tone are well captured by the recording as well. As Mordkovitch accelerates and builds in intensity toward the finale, you can't tear your ears away. The finale itself, which sounds like Kabalevsky with a migraine, Mordkovitch demonstrates what biting satire means in music. In all, a great performance, without qualifications.

The Second Cto. is a bleaker work that is harder for the listener to absorb. Besides lacking the earlier score's melodic appeal, none of the movements has the strong dramatic contour of Cto. no. 1. We are in a featureless landscape without hope and few markers to show any way out. Too much of the material, as in the quiet opening supported by mumbling basses and cellos, feels like a weaker reprise of the first concerto, poignant but exhausted. However, as with the equally desolate Violin Sonata, if you keep listening this score gets under your skin, because its gestures are strong and sincere. Mordkovitch attacks it with authority and leads the ear from episode to episode in a highly convincing way.

Since this CD sells so cheaply on the used market, it's a must-listen for anyone who loves these two great works, testaments to a suffering composer rising above a terrifying world.
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