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COMPOSERS: Glazunov/Prokofiev/Shchedrin
WORKS: Violin Concerto in A minor; iolin Concerto No. 1 in D; Stihira
PERFORMER: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)National SO/Mstislav Rostropovich
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-17722-2 Erato 0630-17722-2 64:05 mins ££ 1989
Two of these three strange bedfellows almost join hands thanks to Mutter’s dark, vibrato-laden intensity. Even so, Glazunov – whose reactionary but songful rhapsody is well served by Mutter’s keen forward sense of movement – would surely scowl at the Scythian aspect Mutter magnifies in Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto. Shchedrin’s Stihira is a purely orchestral work. After occasional harsher glares, these simple variations on a liturgical chant finally – if belatedly – cast a spell as they return to dimly-lit Orthodox roots. David Nice