Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (original version)

Reviewed on Mon 26 Jun, 2017

This is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (placed second on the disc, curiously) and also its first recording, although there are no banner headlines to proclaim this initiative.

You either know, or will find out from the booklet note (quirky if exhaustive), that this is the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (placed second on the disc, curiously) and also its first recording, although there are no banner headlines to proclaim this initiative. Well, differences are slight, and some could be down to interpretation as much as divergences on the respective pages; and, anyway, it’s a work over the recorded decades that has suffered re-writing from the soloist of the day, and cuts, the latter affecting the finale the most, although rarely today. Linus Roth gives an accomplished account of the solo part, albeit the first movement is a little too leisurely. It’s the Shostakovich (written for David Oistrakh) that steals the show. It may be stark and unsparing, and darkly humorous, but Roth believes in every note and finds utmost support from the LSO and Thomas Sanderling.
–Colin Anderson