_Mariinsky Label: Shostakovich Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No 5
Clef du Mois 'One of the most impressive advances in recent years ... Beautifully recorded ... this album is one of the most satisfying of early 2012' ResMusica (France)
Despite being a prolific symphonist, Shostakovich only wrote two piano concertos. His first features a prominent solo trumpet part which provides dialogue with the piano and an independent voice “commenting” on the music of the piano and orchestra. The Second Concerto, by contrast, is more unified, and is unusually happy and optimistic in nature for Shostakovich.
Rodion Shchedrin has so far composed six piano concertos, each signifying a new phase in his compositional development, as well as a double concerto for piano and cello and a substantial corpus of solo piano works. His Fifth Concerto is influenced by the music of both Shostakovich and Prokofiev.
Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998
Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists. Here, he joins Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for his second release on the Mariinsky label.
***** 'a disc well worth having' Audiophile Audition
Recording ***** ‘among the best currently available … superb playing … these performances are exceptional’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)
Clef du Mois 'We particularly admire the combination of strength and variety of colour which perfectly suits these concertos ... the pianist twirls the notes into constant musical fireworks ... One of the most impressive advances in recent years' ResMusica (France)
‘Denis Matsuev's account of the Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings leaves one breathless in admiration for his formidable technique and the accuracy of his playing … All three works are performed by the gifted Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev whose affinity with the music of both composers is clearly evident in the performances on this disc … There is no doubt that this recording will further enhance the growing reputation of this outstanding Russian virtuoso. Definitely recommended’ SA-CD.net (UK)
‘Matsuev remains a dazzling soloist’ ClassicsToday.com (US)
‘The immediate realization you have upon listening to this CD is that Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev are very much of one mind as to where to go with this music, and more importantly, perfectly matched for sonority’ Fanfare (US)
Denis Matsuev piano
Valery Gergiev conductor
Recorded December 2009 and December 2010 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Jonathan Stokes & Vladimir Ryabenko, recording engineers
James Mallinson for Classic Sound Ltd, producer, editing & mastering
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, audio editors
Includes multi-channel 5.1 and stereo mixes