Shostakovich’s second violin concerto

Shostakovich’s second violin concerto – undoubtedly one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century – in a thrilling performance by virtuoso Vadim Gluzman.

This concerto is a late work of Shostakovich’s, written in 1967 by a frail but experienced composer for his friend David Oistrakh. The span of expression is wide and inventive, often resulting in unexpected surprises. Including duets between violin and horn and solo passages where the violinist wanders on its own before reuniting with the orchestra. It’s a captivating work, with serene melodies followed by outbursts and virtuoso passages – a formidable technical and musical challenge for the violinist. That does not deter Vadim Gluzman who shows why he is invited by the finest orchestras and conductors in the world.

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 2

Gothenburg Symphony
Andrey Boreyko Conductor
Vadim Gluzman violin


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