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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb World Premiere Recording of the Stunning Lindberg Concerto, 20 July 2012
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This review is from: Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Lindberg: Violin Concerto (Audio CD)
Despite being enormously impressed by her DG recording of Shostakovich Concerto, this live recording of Sibelius' Violin Concerto turned out to be a bit of disappointment. Structural integrity of the whole work is lost, especially in the first and the second movement, due to too much slowing down at odd places. Orchestra parts seem dislocated at crucial moments. Batiashvili's playing is passionate and admirable enough, but overall impression is too rhapsodic, if not so self-indulgent as Anne Sophie Mutter's DG recordiing. This kind of style is more appropriate for Ravel's Tzigane but not for Sibelius.

Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto is an amazingly inspired work, possibly one of the most original violin concertos written in modern idiom since Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. All sorts of technical possibilities are explored throughout the three movements. I never get tired of listening to this deeply expressive performance.
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