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Gubaidulina * Shostakovich: Gubaidulina in Tempus Praesens

Magazine article Gramophone

Gubaidulina * Shostakovich: Gubaidulina in Tempus Praesens

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Gubaidulina * Shostakovich

Gubaidulina In tempus praesens (a) Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1, Op 77 (b) Simone Lamsma vn Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / (b) James Gaffigan, (a) Reinbert de Leeuw

Challenge Classics (F) [SACD] CC72681 (73' * DDD/DSD)

(a) Recorded live at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, October 22, 2011

This is a unique coupling from a young Dutch violinist who entered the lists in 2005 with a fervent all-Elgar recital disc on Naxos and has since been making waves in the 20th-century concerto repertoire. The first Shostakovich and the Britten are special favourites but she has chosen a risky pairing here: two works which could scarcely be more closely associated with their original exponents.

The Gubaidulina turns out to be a live relay from Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, which means that its wispiest writing must be closely observed by the microphones. While the soloist is kept busy across its entire range, the orchestra (shorn of violins) functions chiefly at the extremes. Reinbert de Leeuw's best efforts notwithstanding, the speculative, rhetorical character of the invention--lament versus affirmation--risks collapsing in on itself even before the concluding burst of applause torpedoes its would-be transcendent ending. …

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