LISA BATIASHVILI: Echos of Time
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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili with Helene Grimmaud, piano and
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.
Georgian-raised Batiashvili selected works by composers from Russia, or whose lives were affected by Russia. This personal mixture is also a study in contrasts, with modern works by Shostakovich and Arvo Part, and the musical oddity "V&V for violin, taped voice and string orchestra" (which sounds like a soundtrack for a psychological thriller), contrasted with lush romantic works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Throughout, Batiashvili's violin work includes delicacy and precision with a velvety fullness.
Bamberger Symphony, Karl-Heinz Steffens, cond.
RONDO BRILLANTE: Joshua Pierce, piano