Prokofiev / Shostakovich: Cello Concertos

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Prokofiev / Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Steven Isserlis (cello) / Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015

A thrilling album from Steven Isserlis couples the ground-breaking Prokofiev Cello Concerto from the 1930s with Shostakovich's eruptive response to it written for Rostropovich in 1959. These seminal works mark the cello's coming of age, enveloping its trademark rhapsodic lyricism in a newly visceral passion.

Paavo Järvi makes his Hyperion debut, conducting an ebullient Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and providing the ideal foil to Isserlis's impassioned virtuosity.

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016 Finalist - Concerto

'Järvi now directs a most dramatic and colourful live performance. This is the Concerto's third complete recording … other versions having used chopped and reshaped finales: I doubt anyone who hears the powerful return of the opening theme in this new recording will ever want to hear any of these alternatives again.' (BBC Music Concerto pick of the month May 2015)

"In the first movement Isserlis conjures some surprising, visceral sounds from his instrument, ratcheting up the tension with a febrile, nervy vibrato up high...The soloist contributes his own lively and individualistic booklet-notes, enhancing the value of a fascinating, I'd say unmissable project." (Gramophone)

"In his fascinating booklet note, Isserlis makes a persuasive case for preferring Prokofiev's 1938 Concerto in E minor to its radical revision...If the earlier version is no masterpiece...this performance vindicates that preference." (Sunday Times)


Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58
Music for Children, Op. 65 - March
arr. Gregor Piatigorsky

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107