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BBC Proms: Batiashvili, Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen | reviews, news & interviews

BBC Proms: Batiashvili, Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen

BBC Proms: Batiashvili, Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen

Vivid Russian 20th-century playing with magical violinist at its heart

Esa-Pekka Salonen: crisp, apple-cheeked conducting

An all-Russian prom with two masterpieces centre stage and a remarkably compelling young violin artist brought in a packed house last night. Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lisa Batiashvili have already recorded Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, and the bond between them was evident in a delicate yet deeply searching performance of this melancholy, epic work with Salonen's orchestra, the Philharmonia.

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