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Shostakovich: The Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Gautier Capuçon, cello; Mariinsky Orch., Gergiev

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gautier Capucon and Valery Gergiev have come together for two live recordings, made in December 2013 and June 2014. The works are Dmitri Shostakovich's cello concertos Nos. 1 and 2, both or which were written form Mstislav Rostropovich. The first was composed in 1959 (a year after the Central Committee of the Communist Party admitted that in 1948 there had been unjust condemnation of Shostakovich and other composers as 'Formalist'), the second in 1966. The two concertos are different in spirit and shape: the first is often assertive and energetic, and features a huge cadenza for the cello that is almost a movement in its own right, whe the second is introspective and enegmatic.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
Gautier Capucon is too consummate a musician to opt for pale imitations. Working hand in glove with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, he delivers passionate and rhythmically incisive accounts... [there is] much to admire here, particularly in the way both soloist and orchestra ratchet up the emotional temperature throughout the course of the second movement [of the Second Concerto].

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
Gautier Capucon immediately shows that his are interpretations to be reckoned with. His account of the first movement of the First Concerto brings to bear an exceptional variety of articulation where lesser players storm through regardless.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia (06/03/2014); Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (06/03/2014); Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia (12/03/2013); Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (12/03/2013).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
  • Performer: Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1959.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126
  • Performer: Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Composition written: 1966.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1966