Shostakovich- Piano Concertos Nos 1, 2

Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra

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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.

Tracklist

1.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- i. Allegretto moderato
05:50
2.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- ii. Lento
07:51
3.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- iii. Moderato
01:19
4.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor, Op. 35- iv. Allegro brio
06:48
5.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- i. Allegro
07:34
6.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- ii. Andante
05:32
7.
Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F major, Op. 102- iii. Allegro
05:32
8.
Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- i. Allegretto moderato
13:32
9.
Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- ii. Andante
10:30
10.
Shchedrin- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5- iii. Allegro assai
09:04

Total time: 01:13:32

Additional information

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MAR0509

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Mastering Engineer

Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson

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Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Jonathan Stokes, vladmir Ryabenko

Recording location

Concert Hall of the mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date March 26, 2015

Press reviews

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.

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 5 out of 5

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

Audiophile Audition 5 out of 5

‘a disc well worth having’

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