Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / etc

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DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / etc
Boris Giltburg (piano) / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

[ Naxos / CD ]

Release Date: Saturday 17 December 2016

Shostakovich's two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer's family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

"We have no shortage of excellent versions of the two Shostakovich piano concertos, including Igoshina's on CPO and Marc-André Hamelin's on Hyperion. Here is another. These are big, bold, in-your-face performances that find a wider range of expression in both works than you might have believed possible. Much of the credit for this belongs to Vasily Petrenko as well, who continues his series of top-notch Shostakovich recordings for Naxos." 10 / 10 ClassicsToday Jan 2017

"Boris Giltburg and Vasily Petrenko are a tight unit, the pianist's dashing virtuosity and subtlety of touch matched by equally incisive interpolations from the orchestra" BBC Music 5 Stars

"Giltburg has all the agility, power and expressive intensity Shostakovich's piano concertos demand, plus the temperament to negotiate their mercurial shifts of mood. Every phrase is imaginatively coloured or nuanced, and never out of gimmicky point-making, always because he has something worth saying. And he has found like-minded partners in the RLPO and Petrenko, who not only follow and support him superbly but also respond and provoke where appropriate" Gramophone

Tracks:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35
Rhys Owens (trumpet)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68
arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg. World Première Recording
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg. World Première Recording