Lisa Batiashvili Performs Bach and Escaich

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Violinist Lisa Batiashvili. (Anja Frers / Deutsche Grammophon)

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins the New York Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of Thierry Escaich's Violin and Oboe Concerto, as well as J.S. Bach's Violin and Oboe Concerto. For both of these pieces, Batiashvili will be joined by François Leleux, her husband, in his debut with the orchestra. Alan Gilbert directs the concert, which also features Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

Program playlist:

Bach: Violin and Oboe Concerto
Thierry Escaich: Violin and Oboe Concerto (U.S. premiere; New York Philharmonic co-commission with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

As with everything I've ever heard by J.S. Bach, the Concerto for Oboe Violin and Strings has the feeling of the timeless and everlasting that belies the fact that there was once a time when his works didn't exist. Hearing them is calm-inducing and restorative to me, as was the case here. For me, the performance of the Shostakovich Tenth Symphony left me wanting nothing. The performance of this work, all about lamentation, personal and collective, and victory(ies) personal and collective, was like reading the score. The seating plan with the violins massed to the left added greatly to their intonation as regards the octave and third intervals they're often called upon to play in this symphony. To mention just one interpretive felicity: the brief chromatic rise and fall in the horns echoed by the trumpets at number 51 in the first movement, was brought out with greater emphasis than I've heard it before. The irony of the composer's intentional added beats to the beginning of the Allegretto movement, the third, was well articulated; and the initials of one of Shostakovich's students --- first heard in the horn solo --- E, A, A, C, concert pitch was both sonorous and telling. The enigmatic beginning of the last movement was just that, until the solo clarinet gives the rhythmic and melodic gesture --- eighth note, sixteenth rest, eight note, eight note E, E, B, concert pitch --- that begins the final Allegro. The Orchestra and Maestro Alan Gilbert have this music in their blood. Bravo!

Jun. 21 2015 02:41 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

The New York Philharmonic has a legendary lineage as regards the Shostakovich Tenth Symphony dating from the first recording with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting. The composer's "initials" are heard in the motive D, E flat, C, B natural. I'm looking forward to Alan Gilbert giving the work renewed life.

Jun. 18 2015 08:54 AM

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