Lisa Batiashvili and Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboims baton present an unforgettable version of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, two of the most beloved, passionate and demanding pieces for violin and orchestra.
This album celebrates a happy and consolidated collaboration of one of the finest violinists of our times with one of the best orchestras of the world and the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
Ten years ago Daniel Barenboim initiated Berlins open-air State Opera for All concert on the historic Bebelplatz. With more than 40,000 spectators each year, it attracts a larger audience than any other classical concert in Germany. In each of the last four years the guest soloist has been Lisa Batiashvili, who on each occasion has performed one of the worlds great violin concertos: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky in 2015 and in this year Sibelius.
I absolutely love Sibelius violin concerto. I have the feeling its really a part of my life and of my musical story, because so many things happened around this concerto in my life. The first most important was the final of the Sibelius Competition in 1995 where I performed this concerto for the first time with the orchestra. Lisa Batiashvili
As the youngest-ever participant of the Sibelius Competition, Lisa immediately managed to win the second prize a jump-start to a lightning career.
As Lisa recalls, her musical partnership with Daniel Barenboim started over the phone: Barenboim heard me for the first time during a television broadcast of the Sibelius Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Shortly afterwards he rang me up to congratulate me and ask me if we could perform the piece together.
I feel that this time with Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, we brought a lot of new insights to it in some ways, even though the ground feeling for me for the piece will always stay the same. Lisa Batiashvili
This version of the Sibelius Concerto brings back a fresh approach to the famous score, by being as true and faithful to the score as possible, and by avoiding all the known and repeated traditional playing conventions and habits.
This album is the first ever recording of Tchaikovskys famous and romantic violin concerto for both, Lisa Batiashvili and Daniel Barenboim.
It was a big surprise to me to hear that he had never recorded Tchaikovsky and it makes it even more special for me. I have the feeling that we really worked on it very closely, because that was my strongest experience with that piece just to work it with him...