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Shostakovich, Schnittke: Concertos, Etc / Kasman, Et Al


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Calliope   Catalog #: 9299   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichAlfred Schnittke
Performer:  Yakov Kasman
Conductor:  Emmannuel Leducq-Barome
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaliningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto showcases the composer's freewheeling early style at its zany apogee. The best way to play this music is to simply foam at the mouth, go for the jugular, and jump over the top. And that's what happens in this amazing performance. The Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra plays with characterful incision and animal magnitude that upstages more polished competitors on disc. Best known for his second place win in the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition, piano soloist Yakov Kasman may be more of a banger than a poet. But, ach, what banging! The demented glissandos whiz by like Road Runner on amphetamines, and who is that deft, tireless trumpet soloist? What a shame that this musician is
Read more not credited! Boo! The piano goes out of tune in the last movement, but what can you do? Kasman sits out while the Kaliningrad forces deliver a dignified, intensely shaded reading of the Chamber Symphony (based on Shostakovich's Eighth Quartet). Spare use of vibrato underscores the veiled, desolate quality of the largo movements that are all too often prettified. Even in its most lyrical, expansive moments, there's nothing pretty about Schnittke's Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, with its seasick microtonal lurches, pounding non-minimalist repetitions, and tortured baroque allusions. Kasman and conductor Emmanuel Leducq-Barome embrace Schnittke's confrontational idiom with open arms, and make every bloody note count. A powerful disc all around.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Emmannuel Leducq-Barome
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaliningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's 1960 arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Conductor:  Emmannuel Leducq-Barome
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaliningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
3. Concerto for Piano and Strings by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Conductor:  Emmannuel Leducq-Barome
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaliningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USSR 

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
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. R. Barshai from String Quartet No. 8): I. Largo
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. R. Barshai from String Quartet No. 8): II. Allegro molto
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. R. Barshai from String Quartet No. 8): III. Allegretto
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. R. Barshai from String Quartet No. 8): IV. Largo
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. R. Barshai from String Quartet No. 8): V. Largo
Piano Concerto

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