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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No. 2 [Import]

Shostakovich , Shchedrin Audio CD
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1. Allegro Moderato
2. Lento
3. Moderato
4. Allegro Con Brio
5. Allegro
6. Andante
7. Allegro
8. Dialogues: Tempo Rubato
9. Improvisations: Allegro
10. Contrasts: Andante - Allegro

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful. April 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best interpretation of Shostakovich No.2 I've encountered. His performance on Schedrin's Concerto is simply breathtaking. This recording proves how both technically and artistically complete Hamelin is and deserves more than 5-stars. What we deserve, I believe, is Hamelin's complete cycle of Shostakovich solo piano works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin Triumphs Again Feb. 15 2004
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Somehow this issue got past me when it was released. I usually get everything Marc-André Hamelin records immediately after it comes out; this time a whole month went by! But it's never too late and I was certainly delighted to come by this release from January 2004. The disc contains three of the most insouciant piano concertos ever written. Shostakovich has two personalities: the somber, angst-filled one as in the two violin concerti, and the class cut-up as in these two piano concertos. Here we get Shostakovich the scamp, and in a somewhat similar style, the piano concerto by Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932). Hamelin is perfect for these concerti because, even though they are not the super-virtuosic type he often records, they require a certain devil-may-care quality which he possesses in abundance (just listen to his recordings of the over-the-top Alkan minor key études or the Godowsky recastings of the Chopin Études). Further, because he has accompanied his wife, singer Jody Applebaum, in some down-and-dirty cabaret songs by Bolcom, Britten and Schönberg, he has the experience to play barroom piano as required in the both the Shostakovich concerti. And he seems to be right at home with the bop piano sections of the Shchedrin. You can't tell me that Shchedrin wasn't familiar with Lenny Bernstein's 'Age of Anxiety' Symphony; the piano style is right down that alley. He's given terrific backing by the BBC Scottish Symphony under Andrew Litton. The superb trumpet soloist in the First Concerto is Mark O'Keeffe.
I'd never heard the Shchedrin Concerto before, so I can't compare it with any other performances. But I've long had and loved the recording that Shostakovich made as pianist with André Cluytens conducting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this cd, now! Feb. 1 2004
By offeck
Format:Audio CD
Great performances of great music. Marc-Andre Hamelin is excellent, as always, and the orchestra is first-rate. Sound is excellent. Disk packaging is very attractive. There's no other recording I'd rather hear of the Shchedrin (with its amazing last movement), and I would easily list this recording as my favorite of the Shostakovich concerti, along with those of the composer himself... Dear Marc-Andre Hamelin, please record Prokofieff's Second Piano Concerto!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful. April 1 2004
By Cengiz ONEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best interpretation of Shostakovich No.2 I've encountered. His performance on Schedrin's Concerto is simply breathtaking. This recording proves how both technically and artistically complete Hamelin is and deserves more than 5-stars. What we deserve, I believe, is Hamelin's complete cycle of Shostakovich solo piano works.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin Triumphs Again Feb. 15 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Somehow this issue got past me when it was released. I usually get everything Marc-Andr'é Hamelin records immediately after it comes out; this time a whole month went by! But it's never too late and I was certainly delighted to come by this release from January 2004. The disc contains three of the most insouciant piano concertos ever written. Shostakovich has two personalities: the somber, angst-filled one as in the two violin concerti, and the class cut-up as in these two piano concertos. Here we get Shostakovich the scamp, and in a somewhat similar style, the piano concerto by Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932). Hamelin is perfect for these concerti because, even though they are not the super-virtuosic type he often records, they require a certain devil-may-care quality which he possesses in abundance (just listen to his recordings of the over-the-top Alkan minor key 'tudes or the Godowsky recastings of the Chopin 'Études). Further, because he has accompanied his wife, singer Jody Applebaum, in some down-and-dirty cabaret songs by Bolcom, Britten and Sch'önberg, he has the experience to play barroom piano as required in the both the Shostakovich concerti. And he seems to be right at home with the bop piano sections of the Shchedrin. You can't tell me that Shchedrin wasn't familiar with Lenny Bernstein's 'Age of Anxiety' Symphony; the piano style is right down that alley. He's given terrific backing by the BBC Scottish Symphony under Andrew Litton. The superb trumpet soloist in the First Concerto is Mark O'Keeffe.

I'd never heard the Shchedrin Concerto before, so I can't compare it with any other performances. But I've long had and loved the recording that Shostakovich made as pianist with André' Cluytens conducting. That has been reissued, with somewhat cleaned-up sound, on EMI and is still available. The sound is somewhat brittle compared to this issue and obviously is to be valued because of Shostakovich's presence, but I think I like the Hamelin performances more. I also like Yefim Bronfman's recording of the Shostakovich concerti, available on Sony, and it has the advantage of also including a terrific performance of the Piano Quintet with members of the Juilliard Quartet.

Heartily recommended.

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Scott Morrison
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this cd, now! Feb. 1 2004
By offeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great performances of great music. Marc-Andre Hamelin is excellent, as always, and the orchestra is first-rate. Sound is excellent. Disk packaging is very attractive. There's no other recording I'd rather hear of the Shchedrin (with its amazing last movement), and I would easily list this recording as my favorite of the Shostakovich concerti, along with those of the composer himself... Dear Marc-Andre Hamelin, please record Prokofieff's Second Piano Concerto!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin does it again Dec 15 2010
By Bruce A. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
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Marc-Andre Hamelin is noted for his hair-raising technical wizardry, but also for his willingness to explore less-than-familiar territory.
He does it this time with the Shostakovich piano concerti and the much less known Shchedrin 2nd piano concerto. The latter item is the composer's venture into serial music, which is not usually my favorite, but I found that Shchedrin makes sense. As for the Shosta-kovich, it's fascinating to see how, even in a relatively small work like Concerto #2, his distinctive tonal language comes through quickly. The slow movements of both his concerti are quite beautiful, and Hamelin is very much into the style of the music. Not too surprisingly, the technical difficulties are no challenge to him. The Hyperion recording is also very well-balanced and realistic. Highly enjoyable!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Shostakovich and Shchedrin Dec 31 2011
By Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish - Published on Amazon.com
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The performances on this recording are outstanding. It is a great choice of music, as well. The recording of the slow movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most inspiring pieces of music for piano and music ever recorded--very moving! This is a very refreshing recording--a "Must Have."
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