& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by skyvo-direct-usa and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Shostakovich: Violin Conc... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by elephantshoe
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: X-LIBRARY COPY. Ships by First Class Mail. Cd and liner notes in case. Plays fine. Quick, Well-Packaged Shipping!
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$17.36
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, March 7, 2006
"Please retry"
$17.36
$9.05 $1.99

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$17.36 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by skyvo-direct-usa and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
  • +
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
  • +
  • Tchaikovsky/ Brahms: Violin Concerto/ Hungarian Dances
Total price: $44.48
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Sarah Chang's new CD of two of the most flavorful Violin Concerti to come out of 20th-century Russia is a winner. The first movement of the Shostakovich finds Chang playing, at first, with no vibrato, and the effect is haunting and as properly spooky as the composer wanted. Her many levels of both dynamics and vibrato are very much on display throughout, and in the Scherzo, she builds to a wonderfully maniacal climax. The Passacaglia is played with ease, its cadenza beginning at a snail's pace but picking up speed as it goes along, and she plays it all with a powerful arm. The Burlesque is a complete tour de force, whipped through at such a fast tempo that the listener wonders if Chang will be able to keep it up: she does. The Prokofiev Concerto is a lyrical work, and Chang underscores the fine melodies in the first and last movements with grace. She doesn't forget the work's demonic side either, and the Scherzo sounds really crazy. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic are closer to partners than accompaniment, and they have no trouble keeping up with Chang. A thrilling release. --Robert Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Nocturne. Moderato
  2. II. Scherzo. Allegro
  3. II. Passacaglia. Andante
  4. Cadenza
  5. IV. Burlesque. Allegro Con Brio
  6. I. Andatino
  7. II. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
  8. III. Moderato


Product Details

  • Performer: Sarah Chang
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000CR5RYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
In light of Shostakovich's 100th anniversary of his birth, Chang has put out a new album coupling the ever-so emotional Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor with the ever-so colorful Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D recording in live concerts. These two concertos are gems on their own, but when added with Chang's extrodinary showmanship, these two stand as amazing classic concertos themselves.

Although the big warhorse concertos such as the Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Beethoven violin concertos have been mainstream violin concertos and performed over 200 times a year, recent light has been shed on the concertos that of Dvorak, Goldmark, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Strauss. These "2nd-tier" concertos have not been performed all that regularly, and finding a great recording is very rare. Violinists of today have been focusing on these concertos to bring back the value and integrity that these composers have obtained over the years. Artists as well as Chang include Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Maxim Vengerov, Midori, and Gil Shaham have all contributed to this new line of repretoire.

In the Shostakovich's violin concerto, Chang puts on a wonderful performance that showcases her spell-biding technique and haunting musicianship. In the opening Nocturne, the cello section of the Berlin Philharmonic set a very eerie tone from the beginning leading to Chang's opening A note which comes through in a very haunting and dark shade. This is close to the tone that David Oistrakh used in the premiere of this violin concerto, and Sarah has, I believe, pushed that level of darkness and sorrow to a whole new level. She does not use vibrato until the fifth note of the whole concerto, b-flat, to extend that level of eeriness that one must achieve when performing this work.
Read more ›
Comment 42 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Violin Concertos composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), and Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), has Sarah Chang performing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle, recorded in 2005. This recording was reviewed by David Hurwitz, who called it a "very fine disc all around", and I've also found it to be an excellent performance of both works.

I obtained this recording recently, packaged together with four other Sarah Chang CD's, as part of this bargain priced box -- Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums. That collection is priced similarly to this CD by itself, and for anyone considering purchasing this recording, it is obviously the better deal. The five CD's included in that collection are:

Disc 1: Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor; Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor
Disc 2: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Disc 3: Franck: Violin Sonata; Saint-Saens: Violin Sonata; Ravel: Violin Sonata
Disc 4: Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Piano Quintet
Disc 5:
...Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This recording is absolutely stunning and reveals a most talented artist. I compare it to her unmatched Sibelius CD. I have not listened to many Shostakovitch #1, however I listened to many Sibelius concertos and I must say that her Sibelius is the best I ever heard. This Shostakovitch, Prokofiev CD in my view is on the same difficulty and virtuoso level as her Sibelius performance which puts the performance on this CD at the very top. I listened to this CD over 25 times so far, keep playing it over and can't seem to get tired of it. Each time I play it, I appreciate it even more. If you liked her Sibelius you'll appreciate this CD very much. Hope the talented Sarah Chang continue to deliver similar outstanding performances in the future.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
You have to hand it over to Rattle and his Berliners that they'll always make for wonderful accompanists, in large part because they're never content to merely accompany. Sarah Chang is in for more than good playing; she's in for the most exquisite of sounds coming from an orchestra whose playing will easily outshine that of a soloist. I think Chang meets the challenge fairly well. She plays with conviction, with a mastery of her scores that proves she's earned her place in front of the Berliners.

The Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 is a restless work that can easily come across as a bunch of disconnected emotions. I feel that Chang and Rattle do a fine job, although I think they could have given more. Certainly their playing is enough to send you out of this world, with super sonics from EMI. While I don't think the concerto asks for its interpreters to sound overly confident, one can ask for sense to be made out of the piece. It needs to point somewhere, even when the music is tossing and turning. Both Chang and Rattle master the individual moments with the utmost of clarity, but I desire more clear direction. That's not to say that the music gets out of hand. In fact, I can sense reticence, which isn't a blessing in a piece that asks for the musicians' all. The opening Nocturne sounds a bit aimless; the Scherzo is biting and tense, but still emotionally vague. But in the Passacaglia, Rattle and Chang stop trying to hide their feelings. For the first time in the concerto, I wonder if I'll need my handkerchief. It is unbearably sad, both Chang and Rattle striking the very depths of our souls. Present is the vision I felt was lacking in the two proceeding movements. Chang plays the Cadenza impeccably, unleashing anguish and hope all at once.
Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category