If you're looking for an exceptional recording of Shostakovich's two cello concertos, this is the one to own. The recent Wallfisch on Nimbus also is extremely fine, and very different interpretively, but it additionally includes the remaining music for cello and piano, and I can understand many listeners not looking for a cello transcription of the late Viola Sonata. Both of these concertos are extraordinary, the Second no less so than the First, even though it ends quietly and lacks the earlier work's delight in virtuoso display (while still sharing its appetite for sardonic humor).
Schiff's playing is stupendous, perhaps marginally less intense than Rostropovich in the FirstRead more concerto, but even more cogent and concentrated in the Second. There are too many praiseworthy moments to even begin listing them all. The First concerto's second movement, taken as a genuine Moderato, and the hallucinatory climax of the Second concerto's finale, are just two examples. Neither Schiff nor the composer's son puts a foot wrong. The orchestra sounds terrific (fine solo horn contributions), and the engineering is similarly excellent, with ideal balances and plenty of detail. Without doubt this is one of the landmarks in the Shostakovich discography. [10/9/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126by Dmitri Shostakovich Performer:
Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1966; USSR
Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107: 1. Allegretto
Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107: 2. Moderato
Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107: 3. Cadenza
Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107: 4. Allegro con moto
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 1. Largo
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 2. Allegretto
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 3. Allegretto
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Excellent PerformancesMarch 28, 2013By Robert Oakan (Torrington, CT)See All My Reviews"I like these performances very much. I consider them just as fine as Rostropovich's, and in better sound."Report Abuse
very well doneMay 21, 2012By Francis P. (St. John's, NL)See All My Reviews"While Rostropovich is in a class to himself and offers unique insights in these concerti, his recording on EMI is in mono only. Maxim Shostakovich has special insights of his own and Heinrich Schiff's playing is committed and very fine. The sound is warm and clear, with appropriate balance between orchestra and soloist. This recording was given four stars in the 2010 Penguin Guide, and rightly so. It is an excellent choice for those wanting both concerti in good, modern sound. "Report Abuse
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