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Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1, Etc / Chang, Et Al


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 32422   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Han-Na ChangTim JonesAntonio Pappano
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Han-Na Chang's stunning recording of Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra led me to expect great things of her Shostakovich, and I was not disappointed. Chang is an astoundingly accomplished artist for one so young, with a big, rich, perfectly even tone from bottom to top. The sheer lyrical intensity that she brings to the second subject of the first movement (a seamless legato with dead-accurate intonation) alone is worth the price of the disc. And then there's the heartfelt second movement, which opens at a real moderato (thank you, Mr. Pappano), an intensely inward cadenza, and an insane finale that milks the music for as much bitter irony as we have any right to expect. The LSO plays very well, with principal horn and Read more timpani excellent in their various solos. Pappano proves an able accompanist in the cello sonata, particularly in the largo and finale, which have great concentration and character, though as a coupling I would have preferred the rarely heard Second Cello Concerto. The sound favors Chang, but she's such a joy to listen to that it doesn't matter.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Han-Na Chang (Cello), Tim Jones (French Horn)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/12/2005 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 28 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Han-Na Chang (Cello), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/19/2005 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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