Shostakovich Piano Music

Leonard Bernstein - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos (1993)

Leonard Bernstein - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:37 | 303 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 47618

Shostakovich's two Piano Concertos lack the seriousness of this four concertos for violin or cello. The first is actually a "double" concerto, having an important part for solo trumpet. It's an early but expertly written work sharing the same musical climate as the First Symphony. The Second Concerto was created for the composer's son Maxim, now a well-known conductor. It's a light- hearted, tongue-in-cheek piece with a Romantic slow movement.
Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano; Rhys Owens, Trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573666 | Time: 01:09:45

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.
Shostakovich: Piano Trios No 1 & 2, Seven Romances - Susan Gritton, Florestan Trio (2011)

Shostakovich: Piano Trios No 1 & 2, Seven Romances - Susan Gritton, Florestan Trio (2011)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 239 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67834

After sixteen years of exceptional achievement and vast critical acclaim, the career paths of the members of The Florestan Trio are diverging. Sadly, the trio will disband at the end of this year and this disc marks the end of their studio career. For their final recording, the trio performs an all- Shostakovich program comprising the two piano trios and the Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, for which they are joined by soprano Susan Gritton. Written in 1923, the first trio was an astonishing achievement for a seventeen-year-old student.
Benita Meshulam - Xavier Montsalvatge: Piano Music (1998) [Repost, New Rip]

Benita Meshulam - Xavier Montsalvatge: Piano Music (1998)
EAC | Tracks | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ASV | # CD DCA 1022 | 01:04:38

Cool yet sensuous, aristocratic yet playful, the piano music of Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge, now in his late 90s, is a constant delight. Whether playing with Spanish motifs, as in the sexy habaneras sketch and the second of the Three Divertimentos, or with French-perfumed Impressionism, as in the pieces for left hand, Montsalvatge demonstrates a gift for elegant melody and delicate piano sonority. Especially ingratiating are the children's pieces, the Sonatine and Noah's Ark set, exquisite miniatures that are playful but sophisticated. Benita Meshulam, a champion of this music, makes a seductive case for it, as does the crystalline recording.
The Borodin Trio - Shostakovich: Piano Quintet Op.57 & Trio No.2 Op.67 (1983)

The Borodin Trio - Shostakovich: Piano Quintet Op.57 & Trio No.2 Op.67 (1983)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:35 | 322 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 8342

Both these couplings are extremely fine, but taken together they add up to even more than the sum of their parts. The point of coupling Shostakovich’s first and last string quartets is obvious, and the contrast between what the composer himself called his “Springtime Quartet” and the unprecedented sequence of six slow movements written months before his death could not be more poignant.
Ilya Gringolts, Daniel Haefliger & Gilles Vonsattel - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Op. 8, Op. 67 & Violin Sonata, Op. 134 (2017)

Ilya Gringolts, Daniel Haefliger & Gilles Vonsattel - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Op. 8, Op. 67 & Violin Sonata, Op. 134 (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 280 MB
Label: Claves Records | Tracks: 08 | Time: 68:03 min

This music draws incredible strength from the violent intersection of an overpowering will to live and the inevitability of death. First comes hope, tenderness, magical and miraculous flights. Followed by sarcasm, irony, revolt. And finally nostalgia, sluggishness, despair, and the hopeless aspect of an opaque hereafter with no return. As Shostakovich himself said, « If you play my music well, flies should drop dead. » The despair that grows ceaselessly throughout his work can become unbearable – it must be experienced in concert.
Peter Donohoe - Shostakovich: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-2 & Piano Concertos Nos. 1-2 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Peter Donohoe, Orchestra of the Swan & David Curtis - Shostakovich: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-2 & Piano Concertos Nos. 1-2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:36 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe continues his series of Shostakovich releases with the contrasting pairs of Piano Concertos and Piano Sonatas, works covering some four decades of the composer's creative life.
Peter Donohoe, Orchestra of the Swan & David Curtis - Shostakovich: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-2 & Piano Concertos Nos. 1-2 (2017)

Peter Donohoe, Orchestra of the Swan & David Curtis - Shostakovich: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-2 & Piano Concertos Nos. 1-2 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:19:44 | 184 MB
Label: Signum Records

Celebrated international pianist Peter Donohoe continues his series of Shostakovich releases on Signum Classics, following his recent release of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (SIGCD396).For this new recording he is accompanied for the concertos by the Orchestra of the Swan under their artistic director David Curtis.
Anna Vinnitskaya - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Anna Vinnitskaya - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 49:45 minutes | 450 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Anna Vinnitskaya has now joined Alpha Classics. Her first recording for the label is devoted to one of her repertories of choice: the concertos of Shostakovich. When I performed the Second Piano Concerto for the first time at the age of eleven, his music seemed very optimistic to me. Only later did I understand everything else that is concealed behind the façade of Shostakovichs music.
Alexander Melnikov - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/44.1]

Alexander Melnikov - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 74:04 minutes | 628 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Shostakovich’s music is often 'two-faced', sometimes sublimated in ecstasy and joie de vivre, sometimes plunged into emptiness and suffused with a death wish. Accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov captures this feeling admirably in the Concertos Opp.35 and 102, and perhaps still more poignantly – “with disarming sincerity and fearless directness”, to quote his booklet note – alongside Isabelle Faust in the Sonata Op.134.