on 2 June 2006
Shostakovich's first violin concerto (Op.77/99) is undoubtedly one of greatest achievements of this composer. Due to its clear structure, the performance has often been too expresive, at a cost of clarity of musical texture. In this recording Leila Josefowicz plays the solo part beautifully with proper strength, but the orchestra part obviously lacks delicacy and clarity. And this is a live recording with too noisy applause renders music to a nonsense. I cannot recommend this CD so strongly.