Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 9; Liadov: Baba Yaga; Musical Snuff Box

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 9; Liadov: Baba Yaga; Musical Snuff Box

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by Seattle Symphony Orchestra
     
 

As is frequently the case with Shostakovich, the "First Cello Concerto" and "Ninth Symphonies" heard on this Artek album provide sharp contrast. On the one hand, there's the despondent, oppressive, even aggressive "Cello Concerto." This differs greatly from the almost jovial, cheeky frivolity found in much of the "Ninth Symphony." NoSee more details below

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As is frequently the case with Shostakovich, the "First Cello Concerto" and "Ninth Symphonies" heard on this Artek album provide sharp contrast. On the one hand, there's the despondent, oppressive, even aggressive "Cello Concerto." This differs greatly from the almost jovial, cheeky frivolity found in much of the "Ninth Symphony." No fewer, however, are the technical and musical requirements needed in both works to ensure successful performances. The Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, and cellist Lynn Harrell provide technically brilliant performances of both works, which bring contrast to the fore. Schwarz draws these distinctions from his orchestra by emphasizing the high sounds of the violins, piccolos, and E flat clarinets, with the thundering, penetrating depth of the double basses and low brass. This extra weight placed on the outer voices helps illuminate the energy and emotional impact of Shostakovich's writing. Harrell's playing is also replete with contrast: angular and aggressive bowing in the first movement opening up against the almost glass-like stillness of the second movement. Harrell's powerful tone rises easily above the robust orchestration, yielding a first-rate performance of this taxing concerto. The disc concludes with five short works of Anatol Lyadov, a highly successful Russian composer a generation earlier than Shostakovich who has regrettably become largely overlooked. Schwarz brings these picturesque miniatures to life with the same playfulness and dedication as found in the Shostakovich.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Artek
UPC:
0661853005620
catalogNumber:
56
Rank:
178989

Tracks

  1. About Olden Times (Pro Slarinu), ballade for orchestra in D major, Op. 21b  - Anatol Lyadov  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  2. Enchanted Lake, for orchestra, Op. 62  - Anatol Lyadov  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  3. Kikimora for orchestra, Op. 63  - Anatol Lyadov  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  4. Musical Snuffbox, for piano (or orchestra), Op. 32  - Anatol Lyadov  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  5. Baba-Yaga, for orchestra, Op. 56  - Anatol Lyadov  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  6. Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  7. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - John Cerminaro  - Lynn Harrell  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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