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Leila Josefowicz’s new Shostakovich CD gets first reviews

Leila Josefowicz’s new Shostakovich CD gets first reviews

The first reviews of Leila Josefowicz's Shostakovich CD have appeared and they are great, truly reflecting the exciting and profound nature of this recording by one of the most important young artists today. On Saturday 27 May, Leila was Album of the Week in The Independent (Information) with a 4-star review: 'Shostakovich wrote this concerto when embattled in 1948, with Stalin's henchmen accusing him of musical decadence. The violinist Leila Josefowicz has had her own struggle - bidding farewell to prodigydom, becoming the face of Chanel, marrying and separating. It's a dark work, but powerful, and her tone matches its grandeur. The sonata is a fine bonus.' (Michael Church) On Sunday 28 May, Leila was Classical CD of the Week in The Sunday Times with a 4-star review. Hugh Canning called it a ‘brilliantly played and wonderfully expressive account’. The full review can be read here. On Friday 2 June, Geoff Brown gave the album a 4-star review in The Times commenting that Leila Josefowicz’s account ‘admirably conveys the concerto’s muscle’. The full review can he read here.