Shostakovich & Shchedrin: Piano Concertos / Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev

Audio Samples

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Piano no 5

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Piano no 5
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For his second Mariinsky release, the acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev joins Valer y Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a program of music by Shostakovich and Shchedrin. Despite being a prolifi c symphonist, Shostakovich only wrote two piano concertos. His first, displaying his usual wit and sardonic humor, features a prominent solo trumpet part, which provides dialogue with the piano and an independent voice "commenting" on the music of the piano and orchestra. The Second Concerto, by contrast, is unusually happy and optimistic in nature. This may be because it was written for his son, who gave the première, and has been described as showing, "the composer as though his own youth had returned to him." Rodion Shchedrin has so far composed six piano concertos, each signifying a new phase in his compositional development. His colorful Fifth Concerto is influenced by the music of both Shostakovich and Prokofi ev.

Gramophone Magazine
Everything comes easily together in Shostakovich's Second Concerto, where both soloist and conductor reveal the music's disarming meoldic wit in a relaxed, unpressured manner and deliver a heartfelt, touchingly inflected reading of the Andante that allows the cellos plenty of room to sing out.

BBC Music Magazine
These new accounts of the two Shostakovich Concertos must be among the best currently available. He is brilliant and mercurial in the fast movements of both works, creatively negotiating tempo and style and bringing a sense of elan to the Second's outer movements...This unfamiliar coupling offers added value for any collector of Russian music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, (2009-12-25_2009-12-30&2010-).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
  • Performer: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia (2009-12-25_2009-12-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
  • Performer: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia (2009-12-25_2009-12-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Concerto for Piano no 5
  • Performer: Denis Matsuev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia (2009-12-25_2009-12-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1999