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This recording, well recorded in 1985, displays a close family resemblance to the recording that Shostakovich 'pere' made of his own two concertos with Cluytens. That had a natural sparkle coupled with a lyrical simplicity that has been unmatched by any other recording other than this and the first concerto on a companion disc.

This is not entirely surprising as the second concerto was written for Maxim as a 19th birthday present and was frequently played by father and son. Maxim therefore knows exactly what his father had in mind, and that was not a virtuoso show-piece as it is often played. In this performance conducted by Maxim we hear Dmitri Shostakovich 2, grandson of the composer, playing the solo part. This is without doubt the closest to the original that I have heard.

The same can be said of the companion disc with the first concerto similarly coupled with the string orchestra transcription made by Barshai of, in this case the 10th quartet, and in the other case the 8th quartet. Both the quartet transcriptions met with the full approval of Shostakovich to the extent that he even gave them associated opus numbers to be listed among his original works. In this case, as with the companion disc, the playing is perfectly attuned and receives a sufficiently fine performance as to rival the usual string quartet original.

I would suggest that this disc and the companion are both sufficiently fine, despite short playing time, to warrant serious consideration for purchase. By buying these two discs the purchaser will get as close as possible to the original recordings, which I still treasure, but in good stereo sound. Shostakovich's own recordings, on one disc, are in good mono sound, made at a time when most recordings were automatically made in stereo. An amazingly inept decision by someone who should have known better.
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on 27 September 2015
This was simply the most beautiful piece of music I've heard and I have played it many times. what makes this CD so unusual is that three members of the Shostakovich family -one composes -,one conducts, and the grandson of Shostakovich(Dimitri Jnr) plays the piano! I think this was great!
I would recommend this beautiful piano concerto and you too will probably play it over and over!
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on 25 June 2000
The composer, his son & his grandson feature on this recording. This is a family piece with personal musical jokes. Crisp, clear with great dynamics. This is one of Shostakovich's less known works deserving to be heard more often.
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on 14 October 2014
Three generations of Shostakovich make this a unique recording. Dmitri composer, his son Maxim conductor, his grandson Dmitri the soloist. Such empathy evident in this recording.
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on 28 March 2013
talk about keeping it in the family! Composer is grandad, conductor is Dad and pianist is son(grandson). The second slow movement has to be the most beautiful haunting melody ever heard, exquisitly played by Dmitri. I had to have it.
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on 18 April 2015
A matchless performance of a great concerto, played superbly by Shostak's. son. The slow movement is divine! Recommended highly
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on 12 April 2006
Chandos sound at its edgy, overly-close-miked worst. The performance is nothing special either. If you want to know how the 2nd concerto REALLY should sound, check out the Odgen performance on EMI encore. Fabulous, and about a 1/4 the price of this!
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on 17 March 2011
I was familiar with this recording, I wanted it, you had it at a reasonable price, delivery time from order was short and the CD was delivered in good order.
The usual good service I have come to expect from Amazon.
T.J.Bull
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on 7 February 2016
This must be the best recording of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 ever. (Slightly spoiled though by arriving in a cracked CD case and not cheap CD).
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on 13 June 2016
Fantastic!Love the picture of the three generations on the front and the music is wonderful,of course.
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