About the Shostakovich Concerto

Batiashvili is highly impressive in Shostakovich’s Concerto. Her playing is often breathtaking -- she has a hugely adaptable sound, a well-judged and flexible vibrato, immaculate phrasing, and a piercingly precise sense of intonation. Even better, she knows how to use all these in the service of the music . . . Esa-Pekka Salonen is alive to the score's finer details.

The Strad, 03/2011