Shostakovich: Piano Concertos nos.1 & 2 / Sonata for violin and piano op.134

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Shostakovich: Piano Concertos nos.1 & 2 / Sonata for violin and piano op.134
Alexander Melnikov (piano) / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis, with Isabelle Faust (violin)

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Release Date: Monday 20 February 2012

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"He makes his case well. The First Concerto is all rampaging dissonances and erotic regret; the Second (1957) masks nerve-racking syncopations beneath its surface brilliance...[the sonata] a compelling performance in which logic and rhetoric combine with tremendous intensity."
(Guardian)

MARBECKS STAFF PICKS - 2012

"He makes his case well. The First Concerto is all rampaging dissonances and erotic regret; the Second (1957) masks nerve-racking syncopations beneath its surface brilliance...[the sonata] a compelling performance in which logic and rhetoric combine with tremendous intensity."
(Guardian)

"Here, Shostakovich's 12-note melodies take on a peculiar, tonal cast, and the work's emotional trajectory is made utterly absorbing...Melnikov's approach to the Concerto no 1 makes the work a breezier, more optimistic affair than usual. He's right - despite the minor-key histrionics, this is a youthful, confident display piece, composed before the repression of the Stalin years." The Arts Desk, 25th February 2012

"his lightning switches of tempo and mood in the fast movement outdo most competitors for bizarrerie...Melnikov includes a searing, thrilling account of Shostakovich's late Violin Sonata, Op. 134, in which he partners the very impressive Isabelle Faust...Unhesitatingly recommended as one of the best versions of all three works currently available." BBC Music Magazine, Orchestra Choice April 2012 *****

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - May 2012

Shostakovich's music is often 'two-faced', sometimes sublimated in ecstasy and joie de vivre, sometimes plunged into emptiness and suffused with a death wish. Accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Melnikov captures this feeling admirably in the Concertos Opp.35 and 102, and perhaps still more poignantly - "with disarming sincerity and fearless directness", to quote his booklet note - alongside Isabelle Faust in the Sonata Op.134.

"The coupling of the Second Piano Concerto and the Violin Sonata on this CD is by no means accidental. In terms of musical language the two pieces stand so far apart that it is difficult to comprehend how the same composer could have written them both. It is true that from its inception the sonata bore the stamp of 'inaccessibility', supposedly impossible for a listener to digest, and has never quite achieved the popularity of its counterparts for cello and viola. This music is as far from 'easy listening' as it gets. On the other hand the second movement of the Second Concerto is routinely included in 'light classics' compilations, broadcast by radio stations and played through headphones to airline passengers or CAT patients to 'make them feel good'." Alexander Melnikov

Tracks:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Violin Sonata, Op. 134
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35
(with Jeroen Berwaerts, trumpet)