BORIS GILTBERG IN RECITAL
VIRTUOSO VIOLINISTS - VOLUME I
VIRTUOSO VIOLINISTS - VOLUME II
Video Artists International has two important disks of live concert performances by many legendary violinists. A complete list of artists and dates is above. Four of these are from Canadian TV, four from the Bell Telephone Hour. Most are in color, and the camera usually focuses on the violinist as it should. Sound quality varies but always is sufficient to convey the performances. No question, the biggest virtuoso display is Michael Rabin's dazzling Kreisler. And it is great to watch the collaboration of David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter in the movement from the Brahms sonata. Surely violinists will wish to have these videos. There are no program notes, no information about the artists. The only negative here is that each of these DVDs plays for but an hour. Why wasn't more music included? Surely complete works were performed at these concerts, and to give us only one movement seems unfair to the collector. However, we should be thankful for what we have, and let us hope there will be future volumes as well as reminders of by-gone masters of their instruments.
The young Russian pianist Boris Giltberg (b. ) is an amazing talent. This DVD offers his May 11, 2006 recttal al the Miami International Piano Festival played in the Lincoln Theatre, Miami Beach. Giltberg had first appeared at the Festival in 2005; this is his second appearance, and obviously he was an audience favorite. His program features some of the mighty classics of the repertory, centering on the Liszt Sonata. Surprisingly, Giltberg has made relatively few recordings. This site praised his recent Naxos Shostakovich disk featuring the two concertos and other works and his transcription of Shostakkovich's String Quartet No. 8 (REVIEW). He is in top form on this 2006 recital. Considering his fabulous technique, it is surprising that his two encores are relatively umflashy.
R.E.B. (May 2017)