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Daniel Lozakovich / Munchner Philharmoniker / Valery Gergiev

Daniel Lozakovich - Beethoven: Violin Concerto (CD)

Daniel Lozakovich had been dreaming about recording the Beethoven Violin Concerto since he was eight. He first performed it on stage when he was thirteen, and at fifteen was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform the concerto with him in Moscow. A few short years later, he has reunited with his mentor Gergiev to record the Beethoven with the Munchner Philharmoniker for Deutsche Grammophon.

The recording captures Lozakovich's closeartistic partnership with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.

Lozakovich was clear from the start that this should be a live recording: "There's a particular magic about a live concert," he explains. "The audience creates a unique atmosphere, without which, in my opinion, it's almost impossible to produce a performance that will stand the test of time."

Beethoven's Opus 61 undeniably stands in a category by itself. Lozakovich goes as far as to call it the greatest concerto of all time - and the nineteen-year-old is quick to clarify that he doesn't just mean the greatest violin concerto: "No, it really is the greatest concerto ever written." He points to the work's incredible purity, underlining the clarity and lack of complexity with which it is written. And yet, as he adds, it has enormous depth as well: "The beauty of its themes is almost impossible to put into words."

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

1 I. Allegro ma non troppo

2 II. Larghetto

3 III. Rondo. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001

4 I. Adagio

Daniel Lozakovich, violin

Munchner Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev (1-3)