Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

1-4 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35
5 String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68: III. Waltz: Allegro (arr. B. Giltburg for piano)*
6-8 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
9-13 String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (arr. B. Giltburg for piano)*

*World premiere recording

Boris Giltburg, piano
Rhys Owens, trumpet (1-4)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1-4, 6-8)
Vasily Petrenko conductor (1-4, 6-8)

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

‘Almost faultless…. wonderfully skittish, a series of melodic in-jokes and exchanges with the orchestra — a reduced Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and its superb trumpet, Rhys Owens, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.’ Musical Toronto – Lebrecht Listens *****


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