Shostakovich- Piano Concertos Nos 1, 2 (2007)

Shostakovich, Shchedrin

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

It is hard to believe that Shostakovich composed his First Piano Concerto after his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. It seemed that with this tragic work the composer’s youth had disappeared forever and that he would never return to the eccentric style of his early compositions. But some time needed to pass, during which he wrote parodic and humorous pieces, before his series of grand and revelatory works, in particular his Fourth Symphony (1936). The First Piano Concerto stands in the middle of this intervening series of works. 
For Shostakovich this was undoubtedly an experimental score. Compared to compositions by the leading exponents of musical neo-classicism at the time (Stravinsky, Hindemith), it does not appear too radical, but it reaches some sort of extreme as far as Shostakovich’s talents and tastes are concerned. Let us start with the orchestral components: strings, piano and trumpet solos. Of course, this is neo-baroque in the spirit of the aforementioned Hindemith. However, there is in Shostakovich something unique that departs from all contemporary baroque stylisation.

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Shostakovich- Piano Concertos Nos 1, 2 (2007)

Shostakovich, Shchedrin

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

    Fanfare

The immediate realization you have upon listening to this CD is that Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev are very much of one mind as to where to go with this music, and more importantly, perfectly matched for sonority.

    SA-CD.net

Denis Matsuev's account of the Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings leaves one breathless in admiration for his formidable technique and the accuracy of his playing … All three works are performed by the gifted Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev whose affinity with the music of both composers is clearly evident in the performances on this disc … There is no doubt that this recording will further enhance the growing reputation of this outstanding Russian virtuoso. Definitely recommended.

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    ClassicsToday.com

'Matsuev remains a dazzling soloist'

    ResMusica

'We particularly admire the combination of strength and variety of colour which perfectly suits these concertos ... the pianist twirls the notes into constant musical fireworks ... One of the most impressive recordings in recent years' Clef du Mois

    BBC Music Magazine -

Recording 'among the best currently available … superb playing … these performances are exceptional'

    Audiophile Audition -

'a disc well worth having'

Shostakovich- Piano Concertos Nos 1, 2 (2007)

Shostakovich, Shchedrin

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, vladmir Ryabenko
Recording location: Concert Hall of the mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- i. Allegretto moderato
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- ii. Lento
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- iii. Moderato
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- iv. Allegro brio
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- i. Allegro
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- ii. Andante
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Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- iii. Allegro
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Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- i. Allegretto moderato
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Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- ii. Andante
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Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- iii. Allegro assai
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