Christian Poltera, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Gilbert Varga - Martinů & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:13 min | 276 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2017
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.