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Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Mork, Petrenko, Oslo

Shostakovich
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1218   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This exciting release with Truls Mørk and Vasily Petrenko continues Ondine’s successful series of Dmitri Shostakovich recordings. The recording includes the Shostakovich’s two cello concerti, originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich, and here performed by one of the most respected and prestigious contemporary cellists, Truls Mørk, together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under its conductor and artistic director, Vasily Petrenko. This exciting release with Truls Mørk and Vasily Petrenko continues Ondine’s successful series of Dmitri Shostakovich recordings. The recording includes the Shostakovich’s two cello concerti, originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich, and here performed by one of the most respected and prestigious contemporary cellists, Truls Mørk, together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under its conductor and artistic director, Vasily Petrenko. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
2. Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: I. Allegretto
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: II. Moderato
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: III. Cadenza
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: IV. Allegro con moto
Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: I. Largo –
Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: II. Scherzo: Allegretto –
Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: III. Finale: Allegretto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fresh and vital concerto recording May 19, 2014 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "As the complete Shostakovich symphony series on Naxos proceeded, the release of each of Vasily Petrenko’s CDs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic impressed me even more. The critical response to the series has been almost universally positive. Now that the series is coming to an end, it’s time for this talented conductor to look to other music by the great Soviet composer. In this new Ondine release of the cello concertos, Petrenko has an equally talented instrumentalist in cellist Truls Mork, and a fine orchestra as well: the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Though nothing could completely overshadow the classic recordings by the original cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, these performances provide a fresh and vital look at two of the 20th century’s finest concertos." Report Abuse
 Dark Night of the Soul Music May 16, 2014 By Oscar O. Veterano See All My Reviews "Shostakovich CELLO CONCERTOS Truls Mork/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko ONDINE Post-WW2 Soviet music is definitely an acquired taste; before and after Stalin, much of it sounds stunted, cut off as it was from developments in the west, to say nothing of being subjected to bureaucratic censure. When failing to please the critics results, not in bad reviews or empty houses, but penalties ranging from loss of livelihood to imprisonment to possible loss of life, the wonder is that any real creative work got done at all. Having managed to outlive Stalin, Shostakovich might be thought of as the most successful mid-20th century Russian composer, with a long string of masterpieces to his credit. His First and Second Cello Concertos, newly recorded by internationally acclaimed cellist, Truls Mork, were originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich and have become part of standard orchestral repertoire. Both pieces are very well served by Mr. Mork’s passionate and virtuosic playing, as well as the sympathetic performance of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the great Vasily Petrenko. Congratulations also go out to the engineering staff for the clarity and precision of this recording. This is NOT an appropriate record for anyone who uses classical music as background for dinner parties or to put their children to sleep. Written under duress, facing both illness and constant political pressure, Shostakovich’s First and Second Cello Concertos convey a sense of grief and longing, brooding and despair that is largely missing from most of today’s music. Music for the dark night of the soul doesn’t go over so well in our have-a-nice-day world. Highly recommended 9 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano" Report Abuse
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