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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso performance, vivid recording, 26 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No. 1 / Violin Sonata (Audio CD)
This recording of Shostakovich's 1st violin concerto was made live, and includes the well deserved applause at the end. A few months after this recording was made I saw Leila Josefowicz return to Symphony Hall Birmingham to join the CBSO and Sakari Oramo for a very different concerto, a performance of Mendelssohn that was one of the most memorable performances by a violinist I have ever witnessed. The same qualities of quicksilver velocity and ability to hold the long line are in evidence here, along with a vividly recorded virtuoso performance from the orchestra: her violin tone ranges from the beautiful to the fiercely astringent as required. The music itself shows off some of Shostakovich's strengths of dark lyricism and rumbustious irony.

The sonata with John Novacek is a suitable companion piece, with the same standard of performance and recording. It has the same virtuoso partnership as their Beethoven, Ravel, Salonen, Grey, Messiaen - Recital and Shostakovich's music has the same qualities as the concerto.
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