One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
 

 

International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger              Founding Editor: Rob Barnett              Contact Seen and Heard here

Some items
to consider

  • Henze Kammermusik 1958
  • Mozart Flute Quartets
  • Schubert complete piano works
  • Sammartini: 6 Concerti grossi
  • Henze Kammermusik 1958
 
Tudor



CD and Blue-ray Audio


CD and Blue-ray Audio


CPE Bach Cantatas
a revelation


Biber: Sacred Choral Works
Don't miss it


Jonathan Dove


Tommie Haglund
Unique and Powerful music


Organ Fireworks


Highly Entertaining


A triumphant performance


Bruckner Symphony 4
One of the finest I have heard


A most joy-inducing recording


A winning partnership


A Lohengrin to treasure.

 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1933) [23.23]
Waltz from String Quartet No. 2 (1944, arr. Giltburg for solo piano 2016) [5.56]
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1957) [19.59]
String Quartet No. 8 (1960, arr. Giltburg for solo piano 2015) [20.28]
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Rhys Owens (trumpet)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
rec. January 2016 (concertos), Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool; June 2016 (arrangements) Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, United Kingdom
NAXOS 8.573666 [69.47]

On this Naxos release of the Shostakovich Piano Concertos No’s 1 and 2 Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is joined by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. A great admirer of the music of Shostakovich, Moscow-born Giltburg is also playing here a pair of his own solo piano arrangements of String Quartet No. 8 and the waltz movement from String Quartet No. 2.

The author of a 1983 booklet note for the release of the pair of Shostakovich piano concertos played by Dmitri Alexeev on CFP stated that only in recent years has the general music lover been able to appreciate the composer’s wide scope of works. Now, some thirty years later there has been a sea change; following glasnost, perestroika and the dissolution of the Soviet Union the music of Shostakovich has become a staple of concert hall programmes and recordings are just as prevalent.

Composed some twenty-four years apart the two piano concertos have become established as much-loved works in the concert hall. With its sense of riotous enjoyment the four-movement First Concerto scored for piano, trumpet and string orchestra may have been written in the shadow of the oppressive Soviet regime that prevailed but its mood certainly doesn’t reflect the dark terror of those times. In Giltburg’s performance notable is the energetic and often exhilarating placing of the free spirited opening movement. The following Lento is given intensely affecting playing that creates a cool, dark, near sinister quality. Rhys Owens in the trumpet part excels with brilliant playing, displaying a lovely burnished tone.

Written in 1957 four years after the death of Stalin the Second Piano Concerto was a birthday present for Shostakovich’s nineteen-year-old son Maxim, a wistful score with its gloriously romantic second movement. Maybe written in hope of the positive effect from de-Stalinisation policies under Nikita Khrushchev the work is uninhibited joy from the first note to the last. Markedly, the expressive Giltburg revels in the good humoured and mainly buoyant writing of the opening Allegro and the renowned slow movement is as affecting as I have heard.

Creating an abundance of colour and sparkle Giltburg’s playing throughout is lucid, unaffected and perfectly attuned to the mood of the writing. Under Saint Petersburg- born Vasily Petrenko one can often detect a distinct Russian character to the rich, robust and round orchestral sound of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As I have come to expect from this excellent orchestra the brass and woodwind sections play with particular credit. Good quality sound from the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool is especially clear and well balanced between soloist(s) and orchestra.

The solo piano arrangements that Giltburg has prepared of the renowned String Quartet No. 8 and the Waltz movement from String Quartet No. 2 were undertaken with the consent of the composer’s family. These splendidly played arrangements work quite well and I’m glad I’ve heard them, nevertheless the amount of colour and texture lost in this new guise is far more marked then I expected. Recorded successfully at Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys the engineering team has provided Giltburg with cool, clear sound.

Since their release my favourite recordings of the Shostakovich piano concertos have been the 1983 London accounts performed by Dmitri Alexeev with the ECO under Jerzy Maksymiuk on the CFP label c/w The Assault on Beautiful Gorky (review). Make no mistake, this release from Boris Giltburg on Naxos provides fierce competition to Alexeev.

Michael Cookson

Previous recording: Simon Thompson (Recording of the Month)
 


 

 




Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical



Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Vacant
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger