Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bartok and Shostakovich Concertos in Finals

It looks like we will get to hear three performances of the Bartok Concerto #2 this weekend in Indianapolis. I don't think that the Bartok Concerto is on the "A" list of concertos that orchestras ask for when they engage violinists as soloists (the big Romantic concertos are the ones that draw in the audiences). Likewise with the Shostakovich, but because this is the 100th anniversary of his birth (I believe it is the 25th of September), he has gotten a great deal of play this year.

I'm hoping that these violinists play these concertos, particularly the Bartok, so well that every orchestra will want to play them.

Here are the finalists and the concertos they are playing


Lamsma: Mozart 5
Lee: Mozart 5
Choi: Mozart 3


Hristova: Haydn
Golden: Mozart 4
Hadelich: Mozart 2


Lamsma: Shostakovich
Lee: Bartok
Choi: Shostakovich


Hristova: Bartok
Golden: Dvorak
Hadelich: Bartok


Michael Leddy said...

Elaine, I think it's very cool that you're "blogging" this event.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame I only stumbled onto your blog so late into the competition. Reading your comments was very enjoyable. I've been blogging the competition, too (http://chansweb.homeftp.org:8081/).

So, who are you going for now? With one performance left, I have Yura Lee for the top spot and the Gingold Strad. Keep up the good writing!