Daniel Lozakovich’s debut for DG (Bach Concertos and a Partita) was a winner, so too his Beethoven, a broadly traditional account, including the use of Fritz Kreisler’s cadenzas, and he is pertinently partnered by the Munich Phil and Valery Gergiev.
Lozakovich’s rich and sweet tone, and his expressive and poised phrasing suit Beethoven’s spacious Concerto admirably. There’s no wallowing though, for the first movement moves forward with purpose but is no faster than it needs to be, a blend of direction, if free of the metronome, and poetic song, the latter to the fore in the slow movement, evincing much depth of feeling, and the Finale is a joy, dancing irrepressibly.
Beautifully recorded (December last year) in Munich’s much-maligned Gasteig, with a natural concert-hall balance, this is special (admirers of the Schneiderhan/Jochum version, also DG, needn’t hesitate), a showcase for a hugely talented violinist who bows things his way and is not worried about copycatting current trends, fads or fancies. His encore, the Adagio, taken truly at that tempo, from Bach’s G-minor Sonata (BWV1001), is haunting. DG 483 8946.