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Religious or Not, 'Bach Makes You Believe in Something,' Lisa Batiashvili Says in Preview of Apr. 8–11 Concerts

Posted March 31, 2015

Lisa Batiashvili The New York Times NY Philharmonic

"People are religious or not, but Bach makes you believe in something, and for sure," Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili told The New York Times.

She only recently recorded Bach — "after a long period of awe-struck distance." That's one reason her concerts on April 8–11, her final ones as Artist-in-Residence, will be special, because she will play Bach's sublime Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Another reason? The oboist is her husband, the "marvelous" François Leleux. They will also perform a new concerto, inspired by and quoting Bach's, by the French composer Thierry Escaich. Alan Gilbert conducts the concert, which closes with Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

Lisa's New York recital debut was last night, at Alice Tully Hall. Her partner was pianist Paul Lewis, who made his Philharmonic subscription debut last season. 

The New York Times wrote that the recital showed they were "perfectly matched .... Neither has a willful musical ego that needs to be tempered in a duo. Neither takes great liberties. Each has a subtle eloquence that never devolves into monotony or showmanship."

(Photo: Chris Lee)