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Culture Watch: Lisa Batiashvili plays Shostakovich with Esa-Pekka Salonen

February 22, 2011 | 10:00 am

Batia Lisa Batiashvili: “Echoes of Time” (Deutsche Gramophon). The hot, impressive young violinist from the Republic of Georgia offers a varied program of affecting Eastern European music.  The highlights are a penetrating, progressive performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Georgian composer Giya Kanchelli’s spine-tingling “V & V” for violin, taped voice and orchestra.

-- Mark Swed