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4.0 out of 5 stars fine but not the best versions of DSCH, 25 Dec 2012
This review is from: Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
i bought this naxos cd some ten years ago in order to compare against the hotly recommended Vengerov/Rostropovich teldec label versions. Ilya Kaler here plays very well with good if not particularly inspired orchestral backing + conducting by Antoni Wit of these two fine soviet era concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich (DSCH)

as a bargain first version of Shsotakovich's powerful,haunted concertos - this naxos cd if absolutley fine, with well judged tempi, good if not outstanding violin playing, decent booklet notes on the works history + composition with decent though slightly recessed sound quality - make this cd a good if not first choice buy.
make no mistake though - the 1st violin concerto is on of Shostakovich;s very finest most powerful works - a classic of 20th C music . the 2nd concerto is less so - with rather subdued almost resigned feel to the work.

the Vengerov, Oistrakh , Mordkovitch or Sitkovitsky versions come first i would say for their overall deeper insights + greater passion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting listening, 12 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Audio CD)
Not for background music. I sat down and listened to this for the first time and was intrigued. Demands further attention.
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