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Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Gerhardt, Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester


Release Date: 08/28/2020 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68340  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alban Gerhardt writes admiringly of Rostropovich and the legacy of marvellous works he inspired, but on the evidence of these extraordinary accounts of two of them, he need fear no comparisons with his great Russian forebear.

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REVIEW:

If you want intensity, passion, drive, and hard-won exaltation from performances of Shostakovich's Cello Concertos, then look no further than this new recording featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt. Sweetness and toughness in the solo cello sound; he’s prepared to dig into the strings for the edge he wants, spurred on by the urgency of the orchestral playing from the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

– BBC Record
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Gerhardt, one of the finest contemporary cellists before the public, plays both works with an intensity, bravura and scrupulous attention to the score, honouring Rostropovich’s championship of these masterpieces without copying them. Fascinating complements to Rostropovich’s own, highly personal accounts of scores with which he is indelibly associated.

– Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 

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