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Not a great purchase,
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This review is from: Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Soloists: Prokofiev Vision Fugitives; Stravinsky - Apollo; Concerto in D (Audio CD)
The music here is beautifully played by a really first rate ensemble. Bashmet is probably the greatest living violist. But on this showing he is less of a conductor. The Prokofiev is attractive enough but I am not sure I needed a string transcription of a piano masterpiece. I suppose if you are someone who is turned on by great string ensemble playing then there could be a point in this for you. But for the rest of us it misses the opportunity to introduce this ensemble with something great from the string orchestra repertoire. At least Apollo is an important piece. But Bashmet kills it, I'm afraid. The playing is lovely but the interpretation sounds sterile to me and terribly fragmented. I found myself going back to Stravinsky's old recording for a sense of flow and a clear account of how his neoclassicism demonstrates that less is more. It is charming and deep at the same time while Bashmet is neither. Sorry.