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5.0 out of 5 starsgreat18 July 2006
By music lover - Published on Amazon.com
Great talent~ Han-Na Chang gives musical, well-thought out interpretations of these two works. Like Sarah Chang in her interpretation of Shostakovich's Concerto, when the need arises, Han-Na Chang plays with great virtuosity, unparalleled energy, and a burning intensity. I only wish she would have taken the first movement of the concerto a little slower; it was a bit too fast for my taste.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsChang Stirs Up Some Russian Soul22 Feb 2010
By Jack Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dmitri Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers and Han-Na Chang is my favorite cellist, so this recording was a "must have" for me. Chang is accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra on the Cello Concerto #1 in E flat Op.107. Antonio Pappano conducts the orchestra and accompanies Chang on piano on the Cello Sonata in D minor Op.40.
Chang's tone is full and gorgeous on these haunting pieces, which she executes flawlessly. She plays with passion that positively leaps from the speakers. The recording quality is excellent and the CD booklet offers information about the history of each piece.
I'm far from an expert on classical music, but I found these recordings stirring. I would highly recommend this CD for anyone who enjoys the cello and/or the music of Shostakovich.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsBest Shostakovich 1st Cello Concerto I have heard15 July 2011
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
To me, the passion and energy and expressiveness of this performance makes it outshine its excellent rivals--including the Rostropovich/Ormandy and the Schiff/M. Shostakovich. And the sound quality is terrific. If there is a more exciting performance of this wonderful concerto, I would dearly love to find it.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent!!8 Feb 2007
By J. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
This is an extraordinary album. It is not only 'A' great performance but also well thought-out analysis of the scores. Superb!
4.0 out of 5 starsVery well done, if a tad forward in the recording22 Mar 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Probably the most famous recording of the work is Rostropovich's on Sony, recorded just after the composer premiered the work in 1959. But on the present recording Ms. Chang acquits herself quite well, and I can't imagine anyone complaining about her lack of spirit or sensitivity or conductor Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony not lending her the utmost support.