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Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos.1 & 2 (DECCA The Originals)

Maxim Shostakovich Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Maxim Shostakovich
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000EBD85E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107 - 1. Allegretto 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107 - 2. Moderato11:02Album Only
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Listen  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107 - 4. Allegro con moto 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126 - 1. Largo14:04Album Only
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Listen  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126 - 3. Allegretto15:19Album Only


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary 6 Sep 2012
By Steve S
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These performances are the ones to have. For me they are absolutely outstanding in their rapport between orchestra and soloist. Gripping the attention for start to finish to hear every note precisely in place. Shostakovich at his most sublime - the quirky finale of no.1 is magical as is the sonorous start to a much neglected no.2 concerto which to me is a fantastic work for cello from beginning to end - absolutely rivetting. As you can tell I like this disc a lot - it's music making at it's best and I can't recommend it enough!
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By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Heinrich Schiff, on this recording made in 1984, delivers thoughtful and technically superb performances of both works.

The first concerto has always been the more popular of these two concertos and maybe that is because it is generally more obviously outgoing. The second concerto is more reflective, more inward and lacks the more clearly projected melody lines of the first concerto. The ending, with a similar ticking clock motif to be heard at the end of the 4th and 15th symphonies for example, is an ending that must beg the question of why? Bearing in mind the questioning, perhaps political sub-plot of those two symphonies (and here I am being cautious as there is no written comment from Shostakovich), it might be reasonably construed that Shostakovich was, at the very least, not in an entirely jovial frame of mind when he wrote this concerto.

Whatever the circumstances as above, there can be little doubt that Schiff's performance is on a very exalted level and is able to capture the contrasting moods of the two pieces very well. In this he is able supported by Shostakovich's son, Maxim, and the fine playing of the orchestra. The recording is well detailed and balanced and of full range.

I would therefore suggest that if this coupling of these two concertos is of interest then it would seem to be a good idea to consider them as strong candidates for choice.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noble & Reflective Performances 5 Nov 2010
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Heinrich Schiff's performance of Shostakovich's cello concertos is very thoughtful and reflective. There's no hysteria which mars so many other performances. Instead, there's noble restraint and deeper understanding of wistful lyricism of the slow movements. Some listeners may miss more emotional intensity in the outer movements, but these performances are a good example that the same music can be interpreted in a completely different way to delve deep into the spirit of composer's inspiration. Beautifully recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good First and Definitive Second 26 July 2007
By John Hopfensperger - Published on Amazon.com
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According to the Gramophone, the only competitive pairing of these two concertos comes from Mischa Maisky (DG). Rostropovich (Sony) remains the premier proponent of the first concerto, and Wispelwey (Channel Classics) has released another remarkable version. I would probably rate Maisky a good third choice and put Schiff in fourth, in order of my preference for these recordings.

This is not to say that Schiff is in any way an inferior cellist. His unique sound recalls the white-hot vibrato of legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, and lends a great energy to his performance. Indeed, Schiff seems to share a few interpretative ideas with Heifetz, who also allowed music speak for itself more often than risking "over-interpretation". This approach works particularly well in the moderato, which in Schiff's hands carries more forward momentum than in any of the other mentioned recordings.

On the other hand, his cadenza is the most boring I have ever heard. Before I acquired Schiff's recording, I had considered Rostropovich's cadenza to be very straight-forward (though nevertheless excellent). But Schiff's adherence to metronomic rhythms is truly quite puzzling, especially in contrast to the vivacity of his solo Bach.

I have no such quibbles with the second concerto. In this more symphonic work, Schiff feels a bit less stiff. The larger-scale orchestral writing comes across as better balanced with the cello than in the soloist-heavy first concerto. It flows very organically through a wider range of dynamics and orchestral colors, and the soloist and conductor seem to be of one mind. Again, this recording seems charged with greater momentum than its competition from Maisky.

So, all told, we have a very fine first concerto and a definitive account of the second. The recorded sound is slightly lacking in low-end impact, but sounds just fine if you turn up the volume. Complement this with either Rostropovich or Wispelwey in the first concerto, and you will have the full measure of both concertos - the two finest works dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, and two of the greatest cello concertos ever composed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Schiff is great, several nothces above the conducting 17 Mar 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The Shostakovich Cello Concerto #1 has enjoyed many fine recordings, going back to the American premier under Ormandy with Rostropovich (Sony) almost fifty years ago. This reissue of the reading by Heinrich Schiff has a lot going for it. The close-up recording of the soloist is backed by natural, dynamic recording of the Bavarian State orchestra--evey detail of the wind solos, particularly the horn, is caught beautifully. Schiff's way with the music is propulsive and intense; his tone is wiry and edgy compared to Rostropovich, but whose isn't?

I've heard consderalby better conducting than what we get from the composer's son, Maxim. Tilson Thomas with Maisky (DG) and the relatively unknown but riveting account from Richard Tognetti and his Austrailian Chamber Orch. with Dutch cellist Peter Wispelwey (Channel Classics) make this version sound too relaxed. Also, not every rival comes with the tough, late Cello Concerto #2, which is by turns gloomy and puzzling--a hard listen. But it must be said that soloist and conductor try to make it as exciting as possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class and obviously useful coupling of these two concertos 20 Jan 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Heinrich Schiff, on this recording made in 1984, delivers thoughtful and technically superb performances of both works.

The first concerto has always been the more popular of these two concertos and maybe that is because it is generally more obviously outgoing. The second concerto is more reflective, more inward and lacks the more clearly projected melody lines of the first concerto. The ending, with a similar ticking clock motif to be heard at the end of the 4th and 15th symphonies for example, is an ending that must beg the question of why? Bearing in mind the questioning, perhaps political sub-plot of those two symphonies (and here I am being cautious as there is no written comment from Shostakovich), it might be reasonably construed that Shostakovich was, at the very least, not in an entirely jovial frame of mind when he wrote this concerto.

Whatever the circumstances as above, there can be little doubt that Schiff's performance is on a very exalted level and is able to capture the contrasting moods of the two pieces very well. In this he is able supported by Shostakovich's son, Maxim, and the fine playing of the orchestra. The recording is well detailed and balanced and of full range.

I would therefore suggest that if this coupling of these two concertos is of interest then it would seem to be a good idea to consider them as strong candidates for choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was the First of both Shostakovich Cello Concertos to appear on CD at the record store back in the 1980's 22 Oct 2012
By Dmitri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I lived in Metro Detroit at the time this CD came out. It was at a Harmony House in Livonia, Michigan. It was the only recording of both Shostakovich Cello Concertos period. Heinrich Schiff was an unfamiliar name to me, but Maxim Shostakovich as conductor brought a lot of weight behind buying it. Besides that this was the first 2nd Cello Concerto I ever heard. None were available in LP. The 2nd concerto as it was both played by Schiff and conducted by Maxim made a memorable impression on me. The 2nd Cello Concerto is complex and treated here with dignity. I should dare say even more dignity than Rostropovich who was the dedicatee. When listening to the 2nd Cello Concerto you have to remember that it is as much an orchestral work as a work for solo cello. I have just recommended this to some friends and now that I am rebuilding my collection (long story how I lost it (I don't care to get into)). I have vowed to buy this again.

The 1st Cello Concerto as been mentioned already is a slight disappointment considering the fierce competition. I would trade some of it's stateliness in this performance for a little more fire in the fiddle.

So I recommend this CD especially for the 2nd Cello Concerto. Rostropovich himself would do for the 1st Cello Concerto as would Rodin on the Arte Nova label.
There are so many good 1st's to choose from it makes little sense in listing them all.

I give this 4/5 stars overall. But 5 stars for the 2nd Cello Concerto alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal Combination 1 April 2010
By Colloredo von Salzburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Those are the ideal performances for the two cello concerti. Schiff's playing
is brilliant and crystal-clear and the composer's son conducting brings us the
best way to know the original conceptions of Shostakovich on his works. Those
are perhaps a bit cerebral and very modern-style performances, less romantic
than Rostropovich, but with no doubt remark the epitomes of the 20th century
cello concerto. This is a Shostakovich essential recording and recommendable
even for anyone who want to own just one version of those concertos.
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