Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dmitry Shostakovich's son Maxim was the conductor with the genetic connection to the source of the music of the greatest composer of the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics. Trained first as a pianist, Maxim soon switched over to conducting and never looked back. From his debut recording of a pair of his dad's film scores through his world-premiere recording of his "Fifteenth Symphony," Maxim quickly proved himself a dedicated interpreter of his father's music who more than compensated for his occasional technical slips by his unique insights and unfailing love. In this 1985 recording of both cello concertos with soloist Heinrich Schiff and the Symphonieorchester des ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dmitry Shostakovich's son Maxim was the conductor with the genetic connection to the source of the music of the greatest composer of the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics. Trained first as a pianist, Maxim soon switched over to conducting and never looked back. From his debut recording of a pair of his dad's film scores through his world-premiere recording of his "Fifteenth Symphony," Maxim quickly proved himself a dedicated interpreter of his father's music who more than compensated for his occasional technical slips by his unique insights and unfailing love. In this 1985 recording of both cello concertos with soloist Heinrich Schiff and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Maxim delivers serious, straightforward performances that nevertheless sound the music's deepest depths. Of course, German cellist Schiff is a large part of this. His strong technique, clear tone, and soulful interpretations are clearly far under the skin of the music. But through the solid yet characterful playing of the Bavarian orchestra, Maxim goes even further into the music's heart and mind. In its hands, the "First Concerto" sounds more lyrical and more danceable and the "Second Concerto" more tragic and isolated than in any other performances. Preserved in Philips' clean and crisp but still warmly colorful early digital recordings, these superlative performances need to be heard by anyone who professes to love the works and the composer.
Boston Globe - Jeremy Eichler
Schiff's rendition is exciting and handsomely wrought.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028947575757
  • Catalog Number: 000667302
  • Sales rank: 117,955

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (27:51)
  2. 5–7 Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (33:33)
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Performance Credits
Maxim Shostakovich Primary Artist
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