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  1. Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 1
    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 1
    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 1
    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 1
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  2. Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Violin Sonata No. 1

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Genre: Concertos
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 25-AUG-2009

Specifications

Country
USA
Binding
Audio CD
Brand
SCOTTISH NATIONAL OR
EAN
0095115154021
Format
CD
Label
Chandos
Manufacturer
Chandos
NumberOfDiscs
1
NumberOfItems
1
PublicationDate
2009-08-25
Publisher
Chandos
ReleaseDate
2009-08-25
Studio
Chandos
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This CD is all about Lydia Mordkovitch and how you respond to her moody, edgy style. I was put off by it when she recorded the two Shostakovich concertos, but here her acerbic approach removes the candy-coated gloss from Prokofiev's violin writing. Mordkovitch was born in Russia but established her reputation in England, where she have lived since 1980. Now 65, she is called an Oistrakh protegee, yet she doesn't aim for his powerful rounded tone or his centrist interpretations. She is highly individual in her phrasing. ?Therefore, in the history of these two concertos, she falls much closer to the brilliant, idiosyncratic Joseph Szigeti (absent Szigeti's faulty tuning) than to polished interpreters like Perlman and Shaham.

I can't, of course, transmit what makes Mordkovitch's style so arresting. She's aided by Jarvi's very accomplished accompaniment, which easily surpasses Previn's for Shaham on DG. The recorded sound is open, airy, and detailed -- quite perfect, in fact... Read more
This is a reissue of recordings made originally in 1984 (Violin Sonata No. 1) and 1988 (Violin Concertos).

Lydia Mordkovitch has always been an outsized personality and I've often admired her work; I treasure, for instance, her recording of Ysae's Solo Sonatas and of the Veale and Britten concertos. Her large presence works in certain pieces. But Prokofiev's violin concertos and his First Violin Sonata require more of a spun silk quality, an attention to line, to melody. And although Mordkovitch is capable of that, it is more often than not absent in these performances. I will admit that I have other recorded favorites -- those of Shlomo Mintz and Itzhak Perlman, along with Dmitry Sitkovetsky's marvelous account -- and perhaps that blinds me to the virtues of these performances. From early on in these performances (except for the exceptionally finely judged opening measures of the First Concerto -- one only wishes that approach had been continued on through the work) there... Read more
Solid performances.
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