Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: Piano Concertos

by Denis Matsuev
     
 

Pianist Nikolay Rubinstein, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his "First Piano Concerto," initially remarked that the concerto was completely unplayable. How ironic that not only was he made to eat his words during his lifetime, but that the concerto has been one of the most widely performed and recorded works…  See more details below

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Pianist Nikolay Rubinstein, for whom Tchaikovsky wrote his "First Piano Concerto," initially remarked that the concerto was completely unplayable. How ironic that not only was he made to eat his words during his lifetime, but that the concerto has been one of the most widely performed and recorded works in the repertoire. Of course, with that kind of widespread attention, each subsequent recording has more and more difficulty distinguishing itself from its predecessors. Pianist Denis Matsuev, joined by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, manages to succeed in making this a memorable addition. Matsuev's playing is nothing short of Herculean; he plays with all the muscularity and bravura of Yefim Bronfman and then some. He is equally comfortable in delicate and nimble passagework, with the scherzo imbedded in the second movement even more dexterous and swift than Arcadi Volodos. The Shostakovich "First Concerto" is equally as enjoyable. Less a showpiece than its earlier cousin, Shostakovich affords Matsuev to show off his sensitive voicing, lush sound, and exceptional musicianship. Supporting Matsuev's authoritative playing is Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which matches pacing, temperament, and color with aplomb. The string sections are especially aggressive and deft, and the trumpet solos in the Shostakovich are simply first-rate. This recording would make a wonderful introduction to these warhorses of the literature, but it is also worth a look for those who may already have their "favorite" recordings of these works.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970023320
catalogNumber:
700233
Rank:
66008

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov  - Denis Matsuev  - Maria Vesnina
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov  - Denis Matsuev  - Maria Vesnina

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