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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Etc / Petrenko, Giltburg, RLPO


Release Date: 01/13/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573666   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Boris GiltburgRhys Owens
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Note: A sound sample for this release can be heard in the above clip at 0:00 - 0:45.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

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REVIEWS:

Giltburg has all the agility, power and expressive intensity Shostakovich’s piano
Read more concertos demand, plus the temperament to negotiate their mercurial shifts of mood. Every phrase is imaginatively colored or nuanced, and never out of gimmicky point making, always because he has something worth saying. And he has found like-minded partners in the RLPO and Petrenko, who not only follow and support him superbly but also respond and provoke where appropriate.

– Gramophone

What is so appealing about this record is that the Boris Giltburg has rethought the works through the prism of the composer’s experiences. The first concerto is wonderfully skittish, a series of melodic in-jokes and exchanges with the orchestra. The second concerto, determinedly frisky, is played with a reckless to-hell-with-it abandon. With devastating precision, Giltburg has interpolated between the concertos his own piano reductions of one movement of the second string quartet and the entirety of the eight quartet, contemporaneous with the two piano concertos, exposing the composer’s seditious inner thoughts. This is a constantly illuminating, almost faultless project.

– Norman Lebrecht Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano), Rhys Owens (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 68: III. Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Notes: Arr. for Piano: B. Giltburg 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Boris Giltburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: Arr. for Piano: B. Giltburg 

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