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Shostakovich, Kodaly

Shostakovich Cello Concerto, Kodaly Sonata

Pieter Wispelwey, Australian Chamber Orchestra

D. Shostakovich, Z. Kodaly

SKU: 15398

Year of release: 1999

Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra 28:56
1. Allegretto D. Shostakovich 06:35
2. Moderato D. Shostakovich 11:22
3. Cadenza D. Shostakovich 06:08
4. Allegro Con Moto D. Shostakovich 04:50
Sonata for Cello Solo Op.8 32:57
5. Allegro Maestoso Ma Appassionata Z. Kodaly 08:34
6. Adagio (Con Grand' Espressione) Z. Kodaly 12:52
7. Allegro Molto Vivace Z. Kodaly 11:30
Total time: 61:53

About this album

What do the Kodly sonata and Shostakovich’s first cello concerto mean to a cellist? Unquestionably they are among the great predators in the zoological garden of cello repertoire. Both pieces are wild and dangerous, but at the same time they derive part of their intensity from a paradox. Their temperament may be savage, but somehow or other they have been forced into their final shapes. The cage in which Shostakovich imprisons his beast consists, in addition to a rigid form, of dynamic discipline and remarkable indications of tempo. The discipline which Kodly imposed on himself comes from the fact that he wrote his many-headed monster of an irritable sonata for a single cello instead of a 300-headed orchestra. This “limitation” results in an overwhelming, gigantic battle expansion of the cello’s territory. Never before has the cello been a vehicle for such visions, such lust as in this rhapsody of heroism, vitality, exaltation, and exoticism…..

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(...) Het is één van die zeldzame cds waarop artistieke en technische kwaliteit niet voor elkaar onder doen.

Klassieke Zaken

(...) it trips in in dancing shoes, phrases are beautifully shaped and every nunace considered. BBC Music Magazine In n woord: fenominaal!!


Door de intense en persoonlijke manier van spelen, die zo kenmerkend voor hem is, is Wispelwey de ideale ambassadeur voor dit stuk.

(...) Pieter siepwelweys recordings have been uniformly outstanding (...) I have no hesitation in recommending this recording as the finest (...) the long cadenza, a magnificently sustained piece of playing that works itself up by imperceptible degrees to a truly frenzied finale. (...) In short: a magnificent disc by any standard.


(...) Heerlijk!! Wispelwey speelt Shostakovitch woest, sterk en beestachtig. Maar ook oneindig mooi en ontroerend.


(...) de interessantste cellist van zijn generatie (...) de even furieus als mysterieus vertolkte wondersonate van Kodly is samen met het tweede deel van het cello concert van Sjostakovitsj het hoogtepunt van deze cd.


(...) Een hoogtepunt in het door hem vastgelegde repertoire (...) Zowel in Sjostakovitsj en Kodly stelt Wispelwey een nieuwe norm.

Algemeen Dagblad

(...) Zijn eigenzinnigheid levert interessante combinaties op. (...) In het tweede deel van Sjostakovitsj laat hij zijn cello dramatisch zingen en sleurt de luisteraar mee in een wereld van peilloos verdiet. (...)


(...) this is as revelatory an account of the work as I have ever heard. (...) I beg you to buy this disc. And now please, Mr. Sacks, may we have a Wispelwey recording on the Second Concerto? ...


A one-off coupling where Pieter Wispelwey confronts and triumphs over two Herculean 20th century cello masterpieces. (...) P.W. is the "primus inter pares", a team player with a keen sense of the whole story (...) He is a musician through and through, someone you can always trust to get the message right. And to cap it all, the sound is extraordinarily lifelike.


Shostakovitch Konzert op.107 erklingt in Wispelweys Händen ganzlich neu. (...)

Internationale Record Review

(...) Wispelwey clearly relishes the wiry intensity of both works. (...)

The Strad

(...) musical shockwaves as though he is discovering the music’s special qualities for the first time. (...)

Vrije Geluiden

(...) op deze cd verbijstert hij weer zijn vermogen alle lengte- en breedtegraden van de dynamiek te verkennen en de lijfelijkheid van de klank bloot te leggen. (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateAugust 1999
Recording LocationEugene goossens Recording Hall, Sydney, Australia,
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks, Alan Maclean (Shostakovitch)
ProducerJared Sacks, Pieter Wispelwey