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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos / Ortiz, Berglund, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9412  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If the string concertos were written for the leading players of the day, the two piano concertos are family affairs. Shostakovich himself introduced the Concerto No. 1 in 1933. It uses the distinctive orchestral combination of trumpet and strings, and does so with the utmost imagination. This performance was recorded in 1975 in Southampton Guildhall, which was through the 1970s and 1980s the favoured recording venue of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in their many successful projects for EMI. This was one of them, not least because the sparkling form of the pianist, Cristina Ortiz, is matched by the BSO’s then principal trumpet Rodney Senior.

The Second Piano Concerto may date from the post-war era, but it has become one
Read more of Shostakovich’s most loved compositions. The outer movements are notable for their vigour and pointed wit, while at the heart of the piece lies a warmly expressive slow movement that is immediately lovable. The uncomplicated manner of this concerto for the composer’s son Maxim is its very strength. Cristina Ortiz captures just the right tone, and the (EMI) sound is atmospheric and pleasing.

As a filler Ortiz plays the three short Fantastic Dances that the student composer wrote in 1922. They too have an immediate appeal, and serve as a welcome bonus to this strongly recommended collection of concertos.

-- Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
3.
Fantastic Dances (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USSR 

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