I recently purchased this version of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto to add to my many versions of the same. This cd for me was like hearing the work anew. Vadim Repin is without doubt one of the new young blood of violin virtuosi to grace the stage. In this, a live performance the Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev has never sounded better. The orchestra compliments Repin to perfection and the event is one of those rare classical experiences which don't seem to be captured live these days. Repin brings the concerto to life, the opening movement briskly paced, never elaborate with a technique to die for. The second movement is lovingly performed, sweet and delicate followed with a finale which starts electrically charged with Repin's improvised pizzicato at the beginning followed by a blaze of glory in the final bars where the violin and orchestra attack each other in a brutal fist fight, the brass exploding onto the scene being beaten down into a frenzy by the powerful bowing of Repin. This is one of the finest Tchaikovsky concertos ever committed to disc, Repin is a star for the future, this version surpasses his recording some 10 years earlier with Emmanuel Krivine, also part of my collection from Amazon, this too is wonderful, but for the sheer excitement of a live performance where conductor and soloist seem to have found a rare, unique balance in providing a masterpiece of a recording. If like me, you love the violin concerto then this MUST become part of your collection, this is a serious contender to rival the likes of Milstein and the unsurpassed or unequalled, until now versions by the legendary Jascha Heifetz. Another reason to add this to your collection is the delectable new romantic concerto by Myaskovsky, a loving concerto, sumptuously played. Violin playing doesn't come any better. Remember the name, you heard it first here...Vadim Repin, virtuosi extro-ordinaire!! GO GET SOME!!!