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Lisa Batiashvili plays Brahms Violin Concerto with Philharmonic / New York Classical Review

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The New York Philharmonic's concert on Thursday was a bit of an oddity, as Alan Gilbert departed from the standard overture-concerto-intermission-symphony concert order by putting the concerto on the second half. This practice is not unheard of, and was a common trick of Leopold Stokowski, but to try to follow Lisa Batiashvili's performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with a major symphony after intermission would have been difficult. The Georgian virtuosa gave a searing rendition of the same concerto two seasons ago at Carnegie Hall with the Staatskapelle Dresden, showing that hers was a signifincant interpretation of this thrice-familiar piece. Thursday's performance was even more ferocious. Listening to Batiashvili, there is always a sense of security in her technique, a solid base on which to build an interpretation. Batiashvilli has just released a new Bach recording on DG.  

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