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