Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Opus 22 Frederic Chopin
15 July 2016, 15:44
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has just recorded Shostakovich’s mind-blowing First Violin Concerto (the album is available to buy now on Decca). We asked her to talk us through a work that she says is “totally overwhelming the first time you encounter it”
In this opening movement, Nicola says, “every time you feel you’re reaching some kind of conclusion you’re taken away from it, it’s very unsettling.”
The concerto’s second movement is a dizzying Scherzo:
This third movement, in the form of a passacaglia, is the heart of the piece and contains what Nicola thinks is “the most shocking moment of the entire concerto”.
The final movement of the concerto is a Burlesque – a genre in the arts which is part satire, part caricature.
Picture of Dmitri Shostakovich: Getty