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Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Cellokonzerte Nr. 1 & 2 CD
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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 12-SEP-2006
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Now to further justify my 5* rating, I can only quote others with better credentials than mine who have rated this performance. David Hurwitz of 'ClassicsToday' gives the disc a 10/10 rating for performance and sound, and especially loved the interpretation of the second concerto; the newest Penquin Guide (2009) rates this a 'keyed' performance w/ 4* (one of their top ratings); finally, the price of the CD is a bargain, so if you want both of these 'Cello Concertos' on one disc, this is certainly one of the best choices!
I've heard consderalby better conducting than what we get from the composer's son, Maxim. Tilson Thomas with Maisky (DG) and the relatively unknown but riveting account from Richard Tognetti and his Austrailian Chamber Orch. with Dutch cellist Peter Wispelwey (Channel Classics) make this version sound too relaxed. Also, not every rival comes with the tough, late Cello Concerto #2, which is by turns gloomy and puzzling--a hard listen. But it must be said that soloist and conductor try to make it as exciting as possible.
The first concerto has always been the more popular of these two concertos and maybe that is because it is generally more obviously outgoing. The second concerto is more reflective, more inward and lacks the more clearly projected melody lines of the first concerto.
The ending of the second concerto, with a similar ticking clock motif also heard at the end of the controversial and questioning 4th and 15th symphonies, must have significance other than that of pure musical sound. Bearing this parallel in mind it might be reasonably construed that Shostakovich was, at the very least, not in an entirely jovial frame of mind when he wrote this concerto.
Whatever the circumstances as above, there can be little doubt that Schiff's performance is on a very exalted level and is able to capture the contrasting moods of the two pieces very well. In this he is able supported by Shostakovich's son, Maxim, and the fine playing of the orchestra. The recording is well detailed and balanced and of full range.
I would therefore suggest that if this coupling of these two concertos is of interest then it would seem obvious to consider them as strong candidates for choice.
is brilliant and crystal-clear and the composer's son conducting brings us the
best way to know the original conceptions of Shostakovich on his works. Those
are perhaps a bit cerebral and very modern-style performances, less romantic
than Rostropovich, but with no doubt remark the epitomes of the 20th century
cello concerto. This is a Shostakovich essential recording and recommendable
even for anyone who want to own just one version of those concertos.
The 1st Cello Concerto as been mentioned already is a slight disappointment considering the fierce competition. I would trade some of it's stateliness in this performance for a little more fire in the fiddle.
So I recommend this CD especially for the 2nd Cello Concerto. Rostropovich himself would do for the 1st Cello Concerto as would Rodin on the Arte Nova label.
There are so many good 1st's to choose from it makes little sense in listing them all.
I give this 4/5 stars overall. But 5 stars for the 2nd Cello Concerto alone.
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04-29-2014 The German cellist, Heinrich here is heard playing the two Cello Concerti by Dimitri Shostakovich with the composer's son, Maxim, leading the Bavarian Radio orchestra. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by NUC MED TECH
The Shostakovich First Cello Concerto is one of the musts in the cello literature, at least for me. This recording carries it off quite well. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Alex