Shostakovich & Martinu: Cello Concertos

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Shostakovich & Martinu: Cello Concertos

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BIS2257

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th June 2017

Barcode:

7318599922577

Length:

64 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Shostakovich & Martinu: Cello Concertos


Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126


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The two cello concertos by Dmitri Shsotakovich were both written for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich but whereas the first is rhythmic and virtuosic, teh 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 compmleted his Cello Cocnerto No. 2 in 1945, Bohuslav Martinu 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 Martinu'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 the World War II.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: I. Largo

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: II. Allegretto

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: III. Allegretto

Bohuslav Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 2, H. 304

Cello Concerto No. 2, H. 304: I. Moderato

Cello Concerto No. 2, H. 304: II. Andante poco moderato

Cello Concerto No. 2, H. 304: III. Allegro

The Arts Desk

31st July 2017

“Poltéra's charisma is winning. The dash to the finish is electrifying. A beguiling work, ripe for rediscovery.”

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