Since Gil Shaham issued 1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 in 2014 — conceived when he realized how many great 20th-century violin concertos were composed during the same fateful decade — the project has fostered a wealth of collaborations with the foremost orchestras and conductors around the globe. Now, 1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2., issued on Gil’s own Canary Classics label, pairs Gil’s account of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Stéphane Denève and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Eric Jacobsen and The Knights. The album will be available worldwide on February 26. Pre-order here on iTunes and here on Amazon.
To celebrate the new release, Gil embarks on a North American tour February 13 through 26 with Eric Jacobsen and The Knights featuring Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, during which he also presents the world premiere performances of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Chamber Concerto, which was written especially for him. Gil also performs Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony and Susanna Mälkki March 30 though April 2. Explore his full calendar here.