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Nemanja Radulovic puts Khachaturian's Violin Concerto' at the center of 'Baika' / THE CLASSIC REVIEW

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Khachaturian's Violin Concerto is quite a rarity these days, unjustifiably so. It used to have some big names promoting it on stage and on the recording studio, like its dedicatee David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan. This newcomer puts this concerto as the center of a well planned, "oriental" related theme album, named "Baïka" ("Tale"). In the Violin Concerto, Radulovic is accompanied, as in his previous album, by The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under Sascha Goetzel.

Right from the first bars of the concerto, you can hear the participants' enthusiasm and commitment to this lively piece, but the real magic starts with the appearance of the second theme at around 1:50. oistrakh and Kogan played this theme like, well, Russian music. Radulovic gives it a personal touch with little vibrato, small intonation changes and bow coloring. It's highly effective and never heard this way before. Lovely woodwind accompaniment as well. The long and difficult cadenza has these small personal touches as well (7:20), with fascinating dialogue with the clarinet and a dramatic return of the full orchestra.

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