This is the premiere recording of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
under their new artistic director Vasily Petrenko
. Vasily Petrenko
is renowned as a star conductor of the younger generation and one of the foremost interpreters of Shostakovich's symphonies. Truls Mørk
is one of the most respected and prestigious cellists playing today, forged by a reputation of fierce intensity and grace in performances throughout the world. A committed performer of contemporary music, Mørk gave the UK premiere of Rautavaara's cello concerto Towards the Horizon
and whose recording on Ondine won both the Gramophone and ICMA Awards.
Shostakovich's cello concertos were written for Mstislav Rostropovich during the 50s and 60s. Besides dashing virtuosity, the concertos also include substantial symphonic elements.
'The sheet strength of Mork's musical character sustains the listener...The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra is magnificent. Those collecting Vasily Petrenko's symphony cycle on Naxos will not be surprised at his mastery of Shostakovich's orchestral colour, sometimes rich and sonorous, at other times distressingly bleak...a highly desirable package.' --International Record Review, May 2014
'Mork extracts greater pathos from the simple folk melody of the Moderato [Cello Concerto No. 1] than before, and Vasily Petrenko draws out a wealth of fascinating detail from the orchestral accompaniment. Such an outstanding reading makes this an obvious front runner in a highly competitive field.' --BBC Music Magazine, July 2014