Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 2

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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 2
Peter Donohoe (piano) Hugh Davies (trumpet) / Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis

[ Signum / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 December 2017

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Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe continues his series of Shostakovich releases on Signum Classics, following his recent release of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (SIGCD396).For this new recording he is accompanied for the concertos by the Orchestra of the Swan under their artistic director David Curtis.

"Unbridled talent on display here… his control of rhythm and dynamics exemplary...Both concertos receive very proficient and idiomatic performances." MusicWeb

"Donohoe's needle-sharp articulation and firmness of tone set the nerves appropriately on edge, carving out the music's contours with glacial insistence." The Scotsman

"Donohoe delivers a highly charged and compelling account of the angry modernist First Sonata. But it's the weighty and complex Second that emerges as the true masterpiece in a mesmerising performance that makes one wonder why it doesn't feature far more often in recital programmes." BBC Music

"Donohoe is an assured and sympathetic guide through [the First Sonata's] sometimes gnarly textures…[in the Second] he relishes Shostakovich's occasional bursts of more energetic writing without losing sight of its essentially elegiac tone…[In the Second Concerto] he is particularly convincing in the outer movements." Gramophone


Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102: III. Allegro