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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos No. 1 & 2 - Romance from "The Gadfly"

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Hope & Maxim Shostakovich

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Excellent recording of Shostakovich's violin concerti

Shostakovich's first violin concerto has always been one of my favorite compositions, made all the more so by the fact that this performance is conducted by Dmitri Shostakovich's son, Maxim Shostakovich. What has always impressed me about the first concerto is how succinct it is. Despite being a relatively short concerto, it manages to carry and convey an immense degree of depth and meaning. The first movement is simultaneously dark and mysterious; the second is perverse and unbalancing; the Passacaglia is poignant, followed by a lengthy cadenza; the final movement is almost comic, while still maintaining the darkness associated with Shostakovich. I recommend this piece to anyone, as it is one of the premier violin concerti of the 20th century.


Formed: 1930

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Funded and administered under the government sponsored British Broadcasting Company, the BBC Symphony Orchestra has, since its establishment in 1930, enjoyed a freedom from significant financial concerns which often plague independently funded orchestras. Because of this, the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been able to present a large body of new or lesser-known works that might be considered too avant-garde for many of the world's other major orchestras. In addition to its full schedule of broadcast...
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Shostakovich: Violin Concertos No. 1 & 2 - Romance from "The Gadfly", BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 01, 2006

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