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Topic: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2  (Read 2664 times)

Offline zhiliang

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Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
on: February 13, 2004, 04:26:49 AM
Have anyone heard the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2? It contains a really beautiful adagio movement. Any recommended recordings for this piece?

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Re: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Reply #1 on: February 13, 2004, 08:55:43 PM
Marc-Andre Hamelin. Avoid Shostakovich himself,
Ed

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Re: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Reply #2 on: February 13, 2004, 09:09:18 PM
leonard bernstein piano/cond avalable on CBS

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Re: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Reply #3 on: February 14, 2004, 04:00:03 AM
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Marc-Andre Hamelin. Avoid Shostakovich himself,
Ed


I heard that there is a coupling of Hamelin with Bernstein? Or is it the newer release?

Why is the composer's own playing not advisable? It must be the mono recording on EMI Great Recordings right?

Are there any differences between the 2nd and his 1st piano concerto?

Thanks

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Re: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Reply #4 on: February 14, 2004, 10:52:56 AM
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I heard that there is a coupling of Hamelin with Bernstein? Or is it the newer release?


I recorded the Hamelin off of the radio.

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Why is the composer's own playing not advisable? It must be the mono recording on EMI Great Recordings right?


Because it is far too fast for him to play.

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Are there any differences between the 2nd and his 1st piano concerto?


The first concerto is score for piano, trumpet and strings while the second is for piano and orchestra. The first is slightly less accessible but still not even nearly inaccessible. I would recommend Martha Argerich's recording of the first (there's a surprise :)),
Ed
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