Shostakovich and Tsintsadze – Cello Concertos of 1966

Maximilian Hornung

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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.

Tracklist

1.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode I - Andante sostenuto
07:11
2.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode II - Andante molto
06:04
3.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode III (Cadenza)
03:55
4.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode IV (Finale) - Presto
03:03
5.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in 5 Episodes (1966) - Episode V (Coda) - Andante molto
02:30
6.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - I. Largo
15:28
7.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - II. Allegretto
04:31
8.
Concerto Nr. 2 for Cello and Orchestra op. 126 - III. Allegretto
17:31

Total time: 01:00:13

Additional information

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MYR023

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Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

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Producer

Stephan Cahen

Recording Engineer

Jin Choi

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date June 26, 2019

Press reviews

BBC Music Magazine 4 out of 5

[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.

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.

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