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Shostakovich & Martinů - Cello Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-2257 SACD
Release date2017-05-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time64:16

The two cello concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich were both were written for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich but whereas the First is rhythmic and virtuosic, the Second is subdued and introverted. Composed in 1966, it is often regarded as a watershed work, heralding Shostakovich's final stylistic period marked by a certain sombreness and a trend towards more transparent scoring. The Op. 126 concerto has become somewhat overshadowed by its older, more accessible sibling, something which also applies to the second work on this disc, for completely different reasons.
Having completed his Cello Concerto No. 2 in 1945, Bohuslav Martinů was unsuccessful in his attempts to interest a leading cellist in promoting it. When the composer furthermore reworked his first cello concerto in 1955, the new version effectively obliterated all traces of the 1945 concerto, which didn't receive its first performance until 1965, six years after Martinů’s death. The work is melodious with lyrical qualities, and many have interpreted it as an expression of the nostalgia the composer experienced as an exile in the U.S.A. during the last winter of World War II.
The present disc is a follow-up to Christian Poltéra's critically acclaimed 2016 release, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, of Martinů'sCello Concerto No. 1, coupled with Dvořák's Cello Concerto.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri
  Concerto No. 2 for cello and orchestra Op.126 33:03
01 I. Largo 13:31 $ 3.24 USD
02 II. Allegretto 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
03 III. Allegretto 15:08 $ 3.63 USD
  Composer: Martinů, Bohuslav
  Concerto No. 2 for cello and orchestra H 304 31:10
04 I. Moderato 11:21 $ 2.72 USD
05 II. Andante poco moderato 11:14 $ 2.70 USD
06 III. Allegro 08:35 $ 2.06 USD
  Album total 64:16
CelloPoltéra, Christian
OrchestraDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
ConductorVarga, Gilbert
ComposerMartinů, Bohuslav
Shostakovich, Dmitri

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