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Dmitry Sitkovetsky (b9/27/1954)

Nurtured under the same Soviet pedagogy as his father Yulian, Dmitry Sitkovetsky is a thoroughly Russian but more recognisably modern violinist. Even allowing for the relatively primitive Soviet recording equipment of the 1950s, a comparison of recordings of Bach’s D minor Partita by both Sitkovetskys shows Dmitry to have a lighter, more variegated sound in his 1997 version, with greater tonal scope and architectural phrasing. The Prelude is enlivened by agogic (lengthening) accents and a cleaner, brighter sound. This rhetorical approach is echoed in the other movements preceding the Chaconne, which has an appropriate impetuosity. Similar traits characterise Dmitry’s Mozart B flat Sonata (2009), which, though played with a fully modern sound and approach, is nonetheless lighter and more nimble in tone than his father’s. Dmitry has a wonderful clarity in these performances, vibrato being carefully restrained, and tonal spaciousness built in. This infuses much of his recorded work, including a hauntingly thoughtful Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 (1989); this, especially in the opening movement, has an eerie stillness and space that draws the listener into a beautiful yet unsettling sound world, impressively supported by the London Symphony Orchestra.




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