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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos, Etc / M. Rudy, M. Jansons


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 75886   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mikhail RudyOle Edvard Antonsen
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Note: This review compares this recording with a number of other recordings, including additional works not included on this CD.

...A very poised and elegant recording of the early First Symphony is an intelligent and successful coupling.

Shostakovich wrote his First Piano Concerto for himself as soloist – engagements as a pianist were a welcome means of foreign travel – and later committed his interpretation to disc. This presents a problem for other interpreters: how far should they follow the composer’s intentions? A work of extremes, the powerful lyricism which pervades the first three movements gives way to an exuberant, rumbustious finale, complete with parodying quotations from Haydn, Beethoven
Read more and the folksong ‘Poor Jennie’. The composer’s 1955 recording with Samuil Samosud is a tempestuous one, taking the fast passages at an impractical and almost incomprehensible rate. His son, Maxim, captures the essence of that reading in his own very colourful one. By turns vital, thrusting and desolate, his performance is characterised by big gestures which make for a truly Russian interpretation – though there could be less thumping from pianist Eugene List and a less obtrusive trumpet vibrato. More serious is the poor analogue recording of 1975, and some extremely rough and ready wind playing in the Second Piano Concerto (‘perfect for a quiet, contemplative and candle-lit evening’, according to the witless packaging now standard for RCA Classical Navigator discs). In the less accessible Cello Concerto, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky exerts greater discipline over the orchestra. At the opposite extreme lies the new Naxos version with Michael Houstoun and the New Zealand SO. Entirely devoid of Russian flavour, this neat, very tame account lacks energy and shows a limited breadth of vision on the part of conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee. A more promising addition to the catalogue is offered by the new Jansons recording with pianist Mikhail Rudy and the Berlin PO, though even this disappoints. The soloists give accurate, polished performances, but the overall effect seems too smooth and European. A very poised and elegant recording of the early First Symphony is an intelligent and successful coupling.

- Deborah Calland, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano), Ole Edvard Antonsen (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mikhail Rudy (Piano), Ole Edvard Antonsen (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
3. Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C minor Op.35: I. Allegro moderato -
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C minor Op.35: II. Lento -
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C minor Op.35: III. Moderato -
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C minor Op.35: IV. Allegro brio
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Op. 102: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Op. 102: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Op. 102: III. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 10: I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 10: II. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 10: III. Lento - Largo
Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 10: IV. Lento - Allegro molto - Adagio - Largo - Presto

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