Shostakovich. The Second Violin Concerto

SHOSTAKOVICH - COMPLETE SYMPHONIES & CONCERTOS
(4 BLU-RAY). Salle Pleyel, Paris, 2013/2014

Soloists: Alena Baeva, Mario Brunello, Gautier Capuçon, Veronika Dzhioeva, Timur Martynov, Denis Matsuev, Mikhail Petrenko, Vadim Repin, Daniil Trifonov
Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Valery Gergiev

"Nobody is better suited to undertake such a challenge than Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra. Over a period of a year all 15 Symphonies and 6 Concertos have been recorded at Salle Pleyel in Paris. What an adventure for the artists and the big production team!" Choc Classica, May 2015

"...Scarcely less intense is the Second Violin Concerto with young Alena Baeva, born in Kazakhstan in 1985 and a protégé early on of Rostropovich and Ozawa. Besides her striking stage presence, Baeva makes more sense of this thorny score than anyone else I can recall; it is almost approachable emotionally despite the starkness typical of late Shostakovich."  Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016

“Most successful are young violinist Alena Baeva, who gives a sensitive and appropriately fiery performance of Violin Concerto…all the symphonies are given excellent, sometimes outstanding performances, with superb soloists…”  BBC Music Magazine, December 2015


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