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Lisa Batiashvili 'Violin Concerto' wStaatskapelle Berlin: Barenboim makes GRAMOPHONE 'Top 10 Sibelius recordings'

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If you are exploring Jean Sibelius's music for the first time, or want to discover a new recording of a long-cherished work, then we hope that you find this list of recommended recordings useful. Here is the Gramophone beginner's guide to 10 of the most outstanding recordings of Jean Sibelius's music. Included in the list is Lisa Batiashvili wStaatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Sibelius Violin Concerto.

"Batiashvili homes in here on the ethereal quality of the lyricism. The beautiful opening theme at first seems indivisible from the oscillating icy haze of the orchestral violins and maintains its mystery where other players might be inclined to exploit its beauty in riper tone and richer, more ‘expensive' phrasing. That quiet intensity is maintained throughout achieving an extraordinary other-worldly quality in the recurring passage which feels its way like disappearing footsteps in the snow just prior to the first-movement coda."  READ THE FULL REVIEW

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