Stunning tour of Lisa Batiashvili with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézét-Séguin

Batiashvili 5 ©Sammy Hart

Lisa Batiashvili toured Europe with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézét-Séguin in August / September 2022 - in Germany she performed Szymanowski's 1st Violin Concerto op. 35 and Chausson's Poème in Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden:

"At the end of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto, composed in the years of the First World War, conductor Nézét-Séguin kneels down before violin soloist Lisa Batiashvili. His enthusiasm for her playing knows no bounds, nor does that of the audience. [...] Batiashvili, for her part, leads through the lines so elegantly and sensitively that it suddenly becomes clear how simple and intuitively understandable this music is. (Berliner Morgenpost, 02.09.2022, Matthias Nöther)

"This allowed the numerous shades of this impressionistic music to come to the fore and even in the sometimes abruptly ending climaxes, soloist and orchestra were well together, although the temperament of the violinist, who here excellently sent carrying, silvery sounds in the high registers into the hall, was not quite transferred to the well-behaved orchestra that followed. In the following "Poème" Op. 25 for violin and orchestra by Ernest Chausson, the strings of the American ensemble showed a fine, restrained sound, but for revelling and deep shaping, Batiashvili was also in the leading position here. [...] It was impressive how she mastered the different tasks of the compositions with her very own handwriting and passionate devotion; all three pieces can also be heard in this instrumentation on her new CD with the somewhat cryptic title "Secret Love Letters"." (Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 06.09.2022, mehrlicht)

"Before the intermission, Lisa Batiashvili elicited beguiling, impressionistic sound worlds from her violin that floated somewhere over the Atlantic. With two concert pieces plus an encore, the audience had plenty to hear from her and could admire the cultivated richness of sound colours of the Georgian, who lives in Munich, in all its breadth. Her interpretation of Ernest Chausson's "Poème" for violin and orchestra was breathtaking!" (, 26.09.2022, Björn Kühnicke)

"In the 1st Violin Concerto by Karol Szymanowski, soloist Lisa Batiashvili - dressed in yellow and blue - played finely and differentiated with a beautiful sound." (, 01.09.2022, MH)

"Szyma- who? Early 20th century, Pole, a too unknown masterpiece, no longer late romantic, sophisticated and intangible at the same time, as if written for Batiashvili's silky clever tone. It began finely, continued brilliantly, with Chausson's "Poème". Somewhat more conventional, just as sweet and suffused with passion." (Hamburger Abendblatt, 31.08.2022, Joachim Mischke"

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