Shostakovich - Violin Concertos 1 & 2
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Cat No: BIS2247
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd January 2017
WorksViolin Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.77
Violin Concerto no.2 in C sharp minor, op.129
ArtistsFrank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
In 1967 Shostakovich wrote to Oistrakh, telling him about the completion of his Violin Concerto No.2. The composer’s health had been failing for several years, and only the year before he had suffered a heart attack. In several of his late works there is a preoccupation with mortality, and the concerto exhibits a similar dark, introspective tone, especially in the central Adagio. Performing these two great works of the mid-20th century is one of the finest violinists of our own time, Frank Peter Zimmermann. The recordings were made at public concerts at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, with the eminent support of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – formerly known as the NDR Sinfonieorchester – conducted by Alan Gilbert, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor for more than a decade.
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