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Shostakovich: Symphony No 9; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2 / Boyde, Fritzsch

Tchaikovsky / Shostakovich / Fpo / Fritzsch
Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Athene   Catalog #: 16   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Garbis AtmacayanAndreas Boyde
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Undeniable proof that clarity does not have to be sacrificed to excitement: Boyde turns in one of the best interpretations I have yet heard. It's a fabulous reading, tender and blisteringly exciting by turns, with a dexterity that suggests Horowitz himself” –Martin Anderson (Fanfare)

“Boyde pulls off the storming stuff but is also very satisfying at spinning the cantabile. It's a celebration in romantic exuberance. No wonder the audience greeted it so enthusiastically. This is a fine live event with all the associated frisson of risk and spontaneity. The playing in those faster movements [of the Shostakovich] is remarkable” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb 2011)

“Boyde makes detail come to life; he has an amazing
Read more capacity to build up long piano solos thereby making them full of interest. His cadenzas are breathtaking and the clarity of his finger work is stunning... he generates tremendous excitement. He has enviable lyrical gifts ... The orchestra and conductor must also be congratulated. The exemplary recording greatly aids the clarity of detail.” - David Wright (MusicWeb 1997)

“Andreas Boyde is exactly the man for the job… Boyde more than any brings out the music in the notes. Boyde is splendidly matched by conductor Johannes Fritzsch who is equally sympathetic to the score, [In the Shostakovich}, too, the Freiburgers turn in top-notch playing…. Their performance fairly crackles with excitement.: - Robert Markow (Fanfare)

“Monsieur 100,000 volts… the ideal interpreter of the 2nd piano concerto of Tchaikovsky” - Badische Zeitung

“Sensational” - Stuttgarter Nachrichten

“… such grandeur, brilliant grasp and wonderful control… “ - Kölnische Rundschau

"Boyde... treated every musical idea, every thematic variation as if they were pure gold" - Kolner Stat-Anzeiger Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Garbis Atmacayan (Cello)
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
Venue:  Konzerthaus Freiburg 
Length: 27 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Garbis Atmacayan (Cello), Andreas Boyde (Piano)
Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Russia 
Venue:  Konzerthaus Freiburg 
Length: 45 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: II. Andante non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: III. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: II. Moderato
Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: III. Presto
Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: IV. Largo
Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: V. Allegretto

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