Once again Patricia Kopatchinskaja impresses both in her incisive musicianship and remarkable virtuosity. How expressive, characterful and pointed Stravinsky’s tart and neo-baroque Violin Concerto emerges here, not without wit and certainly with much heart; ‘Aria II’ has much depth and is very moving. The lively finale freewheels, but with a precision that informs that whole performance, as much a success for the on-top-form London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski, vividly detailed partners that the microphones capture as fully as the soloist.
As an encore is Kopatchinskaja’s “Cadenza which Stravinsky didn’t write”, a really nice (and separate) touch that would be ill-fitting in the work itself, for all its Bachian connections and thematic references to the Stravinsky, and which becomes an attractive duet with another violinist, here the LPO’s leader Pieter Schoeman.
The Prokofiev is similarly inspired and is given a soulful and spiky outing, wonderfully lyrical in places and emotionally potent. There is no playing safe for the ‘red light’ of the studio; rather it is alive and communicative, poignant in the slow movement and red-blooded in the finale; and, once again, the LPO and Jurowski contribute much to a great success. In short, this is a release of real quality and there is no issue with its quantity.