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A Recital
Leila Josefowicz (violin)
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Warner Classics
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The stand-out item for me was Esa-Pekka Salonen's Lachen verlernt, a marvellous, full-bodied piece, happily given the unfettered treatment it deserves.
Geoff Brown, The Times, 4/15/2005

Lachen Verlernt by Esa-Pekka Salonen is more the sort of high-wire act that Josefowicz relishes.
Philip Clark, Classic fM Magazine, 6/1/2005

...rapt concentration and infinitely subtle emotional and dynamic terracing of these performances... Salonen's Lachen verlernt provides an at times bracingly pyrotechnical take on the ancient chaconne... A winner.
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine, 6/1/2005

What makes the programme worth considering are the solo pieces and the expert way Josefowicz negotiates them. Salonen's Lachen verlernt ('Laughing Unlearnt') is named after a movement from Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire in which the narrator declares she has unlearnt the skill of laughing and begs Pierrot, the 'horse-doctor to the soul', to give it back to her. In all essentials this is a chaconne which climaxes with frenetic insistence and provides plenty of opportunities both for display (towards the end of the piece) and subtler shading.
Rob Cowan, The Gramophone, 7/1/2005

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