Shostakovich and Tsintsadze - Cello Concertos of 1966 (2019)

Shostakovich, Tsintsadze

Maximilian Hornung

Andris Poga

We are in the year 1966, in the Soviet Union. While Shostakovich is enjoying the success of the world première of his Second Cello Concerto, the Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze is putting the finishing touches on his own new work. In their respective concertos, these two composers draw their own psychogram: a sombre landscape intermittently illuminated by rays of light, brightened up with a few prudent dabs of colour here and there.

German shooting star cellist Maximilian Hornung releases his first album on the myrios classics label. Born 1986 in Augsburg, Hornung studied with David Geringas, Thomas Grossenbacher and Eldar Issakadze, to whom he dedicated the album. It was Issakadze who introduced him to the fascinating music of Sulkhan Tsintsadze, one of the most celebrated composers of Georgia.

The musical link of Tsintsadze’s Second Cello Concerto to the late work of his Soviet colleague and contemporary, Dmitri Shostakovich is at the core of this gloomy, yet enchanting album. The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of the latvian conductor Andris Poga provides perfect musical partnership. The disc, recorded in DXD Stereo and Multichannel and available in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, and DXD at the NativeDSD Music store, sound, comes in a beautiful PocketPac with a 40-pages booklet that includes an introduction to the works by the Shostakovich biographer and cellist Elizabeth Wilson, who, as a student of Mstislav Rostropovich, attended the premiere performance of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto in Moscow 1966.

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

For more than 65 years the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany’s leading orchestras. The number of renowned Music Directors, the scope and variety of its work, and its particular emphasis on modern and contemporary music, makes the ensemble unique. It was founded in 1946 as the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester by the broadcasting station in the American sector of Berlin. In 1956 the orchestra was renamed the Radio Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (RSO Berlin), and in 1993, to avoid confusion in Berlin’s newly reunited cultural landscape, the orchestra decided to relinquish its familiar name in favour of its present one.

Ferenc Fricsay became the orchestra’s first Music Director. He set the standard and defined the repertoire. The orchestra’s sound was characterized by transparency, structural clarity and plasticity. It quickly became well known for its commitment to 20th century music, and its ability to attract first-rate conductors. In 1964, Lorin Maazel took on the artistic responsibility for the orchestra. He was succeeded by Riccardo Chailly (1982-89), Vladimir Ashkenazy (1989-99), Kent Nagano (2000-06) and Ingo Metzmacher (2007-10). Since the start of the 2012-13 season the 34-year-old Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is DSO Berlin’s new Music Director. He has already held the title of Music Director Designate since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and its history have become emblematic of the democratic and cultural renewal of Germany following the defeat of National Socialism and the end of World War II. That is how the orchestra has been perceived at its concerts in Berlin and on tours throughout Germany and the rest of Europe, North and South America, and in the Near, Middle and Far East. Its groundbreaking radio and recording productions have further solidified this image. In 2011 the orchestra was awarded a Grammy Award for the Best Opera Recording.

bio & photo: from booklet 38116 (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, Channel Classics)

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Shostakovich and Tsintsadze - Cello Concertos of 1966 (2019)

Shostakovich, Tsintsadze

Maximilian Hornung

    BBC Music Magazine -

[The Tsintsadze] is quite a discovery, Tsintsadze exerting impressive mastery of the orchestra and devising strongly defined thematic mastery throughout its five interlinked movements. Maximilian Hornung relished the considerable technical challenges of Tsintsadze’s writing and with sterling support from the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester Berlin under Andris Poga, delivers a fine performance that is sure to win new converts to this unfairly neglected master.

Simon Höfele

    The Guardian

The outstanding young German cellist Maximilian Hornung presents Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) and his younger contemporary, the Georgian Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-91) side by side on Cello Concertos of 1966 (Myrios). Two concertos both premiered that year, here given exhilarating, poetic performances with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Andris Poga. The novelty is Tsintsadze’s Cello Concerto No 2 in Five Episodes, an ardent, unusually structured work well worth investigating. This is a album to own.

Fiona Maddocks[read full review]

Shostakovich and Tsintsadze - Cello Concertos of 1966 (2019)

Shostakovich, Tsintsadze

Maximilian Hornung

Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Producer: Stephan Cahen
Recording Engineer: Jin Choi
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode I - Andante sostenuto
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode II - Andante molto
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode III (Cadenza)
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode IV (Finale) - Presto
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode V (Coda) - Andante molto
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - I. Largo
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - II. Allegretto
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Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - III. Allegretto
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