Shostakovich, Kodaly

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Tracklist

1.
Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra - Allegretto
00:00
2.
Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra - Moderato
00:00
3.
Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra - Cadenza
00:00
4.
Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra - Allegro Con Moto
00:00
5.
Sonata for Cello Solo Op.8 - Allegro Maestoso Ma Appassionata
05:15
6.
Sonata for Cello Solo Op.8 - Adagio (Con Grand' Espressione)
00:00
7.
Sonata for Cello Solo Op.8 - Allegro Molto Vivace
00:00

Description

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…..

Additional information

Artists

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Editing

Jared Sacks

Mastering equiment

Sadie Audio system

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Analog to digital converter

Prism 24 bit / Genex Recorder

Recording date

August 1999

Recording location

Eugene goossens Recording Hall, Sydney, Australia,

Recording engineer

jared Sacks, Alan Maclean (Shostakovitch)

Composers

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Producer

Jared Sacks, Pieter Wispelwey

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Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press reviews

classicstoday.com

(…) 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.

Fanfare

(…) 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? …

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. (…)

NRC/Handelsblad

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

Klassieke Zaken

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

Volkskrant

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

Trouw

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

Gramophone

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.

Luister

(…) 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.

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. (…)

Internationale Record Review

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

Concertradio

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

The Strad

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

FonoForum

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

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