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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Schostakowitsch / Toradze
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10261   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Jurgen EllensohnAlexander ToradzeGeorge Vatchnadze
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The label PAN and the HR (Hessischer Rundfunk) present the first issue of their recently started collaboration with a new recording of Shostakovich's piano concertos op. 35 & op. 102. Dmitri Shostakovich wrote only two piano concertos. He was himself an accomplished concert pianist and had created his First Piano Concerto with a parodist slant to show off his own virtuoso abilities. The work marks the conclusion of Shostakovich the composer's intensive study phase of piano music. The Second Concerto, written for his son Maximilian, is unusually happy and optimistic in nature. The slow movement is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for the piano, wonderfully romantic but never sentimental, while the outer two Read more movements bubble over with spirited effervescence and optimism. Alexander Toradze is universally recognized as a masterful virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition. With his unorthodox interpretations, deeply poetic lyricism, and intense emotional excitement, Alexander Toradze lays claim to his own strong place in the lineage of the great Russian pianists. Paavo Järvi has been Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) since 2006, enriching it through his work with new and exciting aspects. The Estonian is one of the most successful conductors on the international music scene. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Jurgen Ellensohn (Trumpet), Alexander Toradze (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2010/08/2011 
Venue:  HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Toradze (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2010/08/2011 
Venue:  HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3. Concertino for 2 Pianos, Op. 94 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  George Vatchnadze (Piano), Alexander Toradze (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2010/08/2011 
Venue:  HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: II. Lento
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: III. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: IV. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: III. Allegro
Concertino for 2 Pianos, Op. 94

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