Critical acclaim for Lisa Batiashvili’s Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos album

5 May 2017

Lisa Batiashvili’s latest album – featuring Tchaikovsky and Sibelius’ Violin Concertos with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin – is receiving superb response, including 5-star reviews from publications like BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian. Gramophone Magazine named it ‘Record of the Month’ (January 2017) and BBC Music Magazine chose it as its ‘Concerto Choice’ (April 2017).

The album, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon in November, features Lisa’s second recording of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, which she has performed regularly since playing it for the first time with orchestra in the final of the Sibelius Competition in 1995 (the first recording, with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, was released by Sony in 2007). The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, on the other hand, represents a new addition to her repertoire. In an interview with Classical Music Magazine, she explains: “I couldn’t identify myself in this piece. So I waited, waited, waited long, until I was 30 years old… and then suddenly there was this opportunity to play with Barenboim.”

Lisa records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.

“…a disk full of beautiful and inventive violin-playing from one of the world’s most mesmerising talents. You can never second-guess Batiashvili, and that in part is what makes her so perpetually fascinating as a musician” (Gramophone Magazine, January 2017)

“This remarkable partnership of musical minds also excels in the Sibelius, the glacial opening passage in the first movement being especially hypnotic” (BBC Music Magazine, April 2017).

“She’s a dreamy-sounding, inward soloist at the start, shaping the melodies with care yet propelling them forward – this mammoth work has rarely seemed so concise. The Sibelius soars and sings in the first movement, and dances in the finale with a rare agility. As for Barenboim, he gives the orchestral parts the depth and scope of symphonies: the climax of the first movement of the Sibelius will knock you flat.” (The Guardian, November 2016)

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