Capucon, Gautier

Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos 1 & 2

CD
30 Oct 2015

Barcode: 0825646069736

Other participants: Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

“Capuçon and Gergiev deliver some grand and glorious moments” was Gramophone’s response to the last collaboration by Gautier Capuçon and Valery Gergiev on a recording of Russian music. Now, the two musicians – whose collaboration, again in Gramophone’s words, “was bound to strike sparks” – have come together for two live recordings, made in December 2013 at Paris’s Salle Pleyel and June 2014 at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Thetre with the Mariinsky Orchestra. The works in question are Dmitri Shostakovich’s cello concertos Nos 1 and 2, both of which were written for Mstislav Rostropovich. The first was composed in 1959 (a year after the Central Committee of the Communist Party admitted that in 1948 there had been unjust condemnation of Shostakovich and other composers as ‘Formalist’), the second in 1966. The two concertos are different in spirit and shape: the first is often assertive and energetic, and features a huge cadenza for the cello that is almost a movement in its own right, while the second is introspective and enigmatic.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: I. Allegretto  - Gautier Capuçon 
02 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: II. Moderato  - Gautier Capuçon 
03 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: III. Cadenza  - Gautier Capuçon 
04 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: IV. Finale - Allegro con moto  - Gautier Capuçon 
05 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 126: I. Largo  - Gautier Capuçon 
06 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 126: II. Scherzo: Allegretto  - Gautier Capuçon 
07 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 126: III. Finale: Allegretto  - Gautier Capuçon 


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