SHOSTAKOVICH: VIOLIN CONCERTOS NOS 1 & 2 - HOPE, BBC SYMPHONY
"…penetrating and intense performances. In the First Concerto he draws the listener into the atmosphere of each movement from the very outset - the bleak landscape of the Nocturne, the savage mockery of the Scherzo, the combination of nobility and world-weariness in the Passacaglia and the manic abandon of the Burlesque. ...in the emotionally elusive Second it's Hope who seems to probe further beneath the surface of this dark and desolate music... The slightly deliberate tempo taken by Hope and Maxim Shostakovich in the Finale serves to accentuate its anger and brutality. A very desirable release indeed."
Shostakovich - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Daniel Hope (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich
Shostakovich: Romance (from The Gadfly)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129