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Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Steven Isserlis, cello; Frankfurt RSO; Järvi

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 58
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Music for Children, Op. 65
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 29th March 2015
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.

Gramophone Magazine, April 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.

This thrilling album from Steven Isserlis couples Prokofiev's groundbreaking 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 début, conducting an ebullient Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and providing the ideal foil to Isserlis's impassioned virtuosity.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This one is complete and technically impressive. Isserlis takes this nasty music and throws it at us with amazing conviction. His performance made me shudder with sympathy for the composer's evident sense of social disaster, a feeling that returns us to the past and how it relates to the present. Isserlis and Jarvi see eye to eye on this music, and the recording allows it all to come through. This is clearly the best interpretation I have heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alte Oper Frankfurt (07/03/2013-07/04/2013); Frankfurt Radio Hall (07/03/2013-07/04/2013); Alte Oper Frankfurt (12/12/2013-12/13/2013); Frankfurt Radio Hall (12/12/2013-12/13/2013).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Alte Oper Frankfurt (12/12/2013-12/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933-1938

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Frankfurt Radio Hall (07/03/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Music for Children, Op. 65 :: March (no 10)
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Oper Frankfurt (12/12/2013-12/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935