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Shostakovich: Cello Concertos 1 & 2 / Ivashkin, Polyansky

Shostakovich / Ivashkin / Moscow Sym Orch
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9413   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dmitri Shostakovich spent 20 years composing under the threatening and often stifling influence of Stalin's regime. The dictator's death in March 1953 (on the same day as Sergei Prokofiev's) led to a feeling of liberation that spread throughout the Soviet Union; this newfound freedom began to manifest itself in Shostakovich's music.

The first movement of Cello Concerto No.1 (1959) is based on the composer's own DSCH motif and is succeeded by a folk-infused second movement, followed by a substantial cadenza for the soloist and an exhilarating dance finale. Cello Concerto No.2 (1966) could not be more different, beginning with a sombre Largo with a modal or oriental flavour, after which the eerie glissandi of the second
Read more movement give way to an Allegretto finale, which focuses on the combat between the horns and side drum. This movement contains a distinctive tapping motif that many have interpreted to be symbolic of the clicking medical equipment used during the composer's treatment for a heart condition.

Alexander Ivashkin, encouraged to become a solo cellist by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, has performed all over the world alongside a variety of established artists and orchestras. He is also in constant demand as a conductor and is currently the Director of Performance Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1997.
- Shostakovich's 2 cello concertos, undisputed 20th century masterworks, contain some of his most personal and heartfelt music. Despair and hope alternate in this music of a composer expressing his own unique voice and emotions under a suffocating regime.
- Excellent performances by Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin (protégé of Rostropovich) and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Valery Polyansky. - Contains liner notes on composer and works. - Booklet contains extensive liner notes on composer, works and the artists. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Ivashkin (Cello)
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony 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

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