Brahms / Clara Schumann

For her second Deutsche Grammophon release Lisa Batiashvili has chosen to record the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Three Romances by Clara Schumann. Even before she makes her entrance, we can sense this will be an outstanding performance of the Brahms. Finely balanced, spacious recording, with woodwind and horns well placed, highlights the fine orchestral playing – solo lines projected but with the whole beautifully blended.

Violin Concerto

3 Romances op. 22

Lisa Batiashvili
Alice Sara Ott
Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann

Where Batiashvili has the advantage over her peers, however, is in her close relationship with the orchestra here; this is her first recording with the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra, of which she is "Capell-Virtuosin." It shows in her close work with conductor Christian Thielemann at the joints of Brahms' vast first-movement canvas, perhaps the most perfect marriage of sheer virtuosity with profound structural thinking in the history of music.

James Manheim, AllMusic

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Copyright: (C) 2013 Deutsche Grammophon

Total Length: 47:18