Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Concertos – Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica (2015) [HRA 24-48]

Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Concertos – Anna Vinnitskaya, Kremerata Baltica (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 49:50  minutes | 450 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: September 2014 at Hochschule Für Musik Carl Maria Von Weber, Dresden

‘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 Shostakovich’s music.’
The Russian pianist reveals two facets of the composer’s music on this disc by juxtaposing the First Piano Concerto in C minor op. 35, an ‘insolent’ composition with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres and stylistic registers (Russian Romanticism, American jazz, neoclassicism) that constantly surprise the listener, and the more traditional Concerto in F major, which radiates youthful high spirits.
A pupil of Sergey Ossipenko at the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory, then of the great Evgeni Koroliov at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, Anna Vinnitskaya won the Leonard Bernstein Prize, but it was her First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2007 that launched her career. For this recording, Anna Vinnitskaya is surrounded by partners of the front rank: the famous Kremerata Baltica, regarded as one of the most creative ensembles on today’s musical scene, and the prestigious wind players of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Shostakovich’s two piano concertos do not come from the mainstream of his career. The Concerto for piano, trumpet, and strings, Op. 35 (the trumpet’s role is secondary), is an early work, and the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, was written for the composer’s son, Maxim, and is one of the few real light works in his entire corpus. Shostakovich said that the second concerto was “without redeeming value,” but perversely went on to perform it frequently, as did Maxim. Many performers have followed those two in taking the outer movements at breakneck speeds, but Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya is a bit closer to the moderate tempi of the best-selling Leonard Bernstein recording from which many older listeners learned the work. Composers do not have the last word on performances of their music, and the slower readings are preferable, bringing out the Bachian quality of the music. Vinnitskaya is a natural Shostakovich player throughout, getting the sardonic tone of the young Shostakovich perfectly in the first concerto, and there are a pair of fine duo-piano pieces (Ivan Rudin is the second pianist) to bring down the curtain. There are places where the piano needed to be a bit farther forward in the engineering mix, but this is an above-average Shostakovich recording. Vinnitskaya conducts the Kremerata Baltica and the Winds of the Staatskapelle Dresden in the first concerto. –AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Tracklist:
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
1. I. Allegretto 06:02
2. II. Lento 07:40
3. III. Moderato 01:27
4. IV. Allegro con brio 06:29
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
5. I. Allegro 06:49
6. II. Andante 05:38
7. III. Allegro 05:30
8. Concertino for Two Pianos in A Minor, Op. 94 08:54
9. Tarantella for Two Pianos 01:21

Personnel:
Anna Vinnitskaya, piano
Kremerata Baltica
Winds Of Staatskapelle Dresden
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor (in Concerto Op.102)
Tobias Willner, solo trumpet (in Concerto Op.35)
Ivan Rudin, piano (in Concertino & Tarantella)

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