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Topic: Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2  (Read 1911 times)

Offline Pumpkinhead

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Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2
on: July 07, 2004, 09:48:36 AM
Have any of you guys played the piano concerto no. 2? I'm sixteen, and i'm barely getting to work, but do you think that this piece might do alright at a competitive level? Is it a bit too easy?
Thanks for the input

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Re: Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2
Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004, 11:10:55 PM
No, i have not played Shostakovich's 2nd pno concerto. But, sorry to get off topic, that concerto, i have concluded will be my next big project (I have just developed a taste for the concerto...after listening to it all the way through...i have had the CD for a while and have neglected to pay it any attention till now). Where did you find the music? I have only been able to find the 2 piano arrangement (I would prefer the full score). Did you buy it online (what website?) , bookstore, library?
Could you maybe e-mail me it (if it is not too much trouble, DLL11211989@aol.com). And no, i do not think it would be out of the question to play the piece for your competition (any concerto it impressive if played correctly and with that certain quality). I would advise you to listen to the recording of Shostakovich playing it himself (I'm sure you'ver never heard it like he plays it) or the recording with Elisabeth Leonskaja comes in at a close second.
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Re: Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2
Reply #2 on: July 10, 2004, 12:05:10 AM
well dlu, sorry for the score thing, but I got my teachers old copy from a few decades ago. The copyright policy over in Europe stopped, so you'll have to get a shipped copy from there. that oughtta cost about $50. It is a crapload, but this concerto is the bomb!

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Re: Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2
Reply #3 on: July 10, 2004, 04:11:19 AM
Pumpkinhead, (sorry for being off topic again)
Which other piano concertos do you think that would be classified, as far as difficulty is concerned, with shostakovch's 2nd piano concerto?

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Re: Shostakovich's Concerto No. 2
Reply #4 on: July 20, 2004, 08:27:48 PM
Yeah, Shostakovich's concertos are  Smashing good, Pumpkinhead 19"79"! ;)

I remember being very much impressed by Evgeny Kissin's highly inspired interpretation of one of the Shostakovich concertos; it was years ago that I heard it and as I don't particularly like Kissin, I'd want to hear it again to verify that first impression. One of the interpretations I like most however is actually Shostakovich's own. I don't generally believe that an interpretation is in any way authenticated just because the composer himself is at the piano, yet Dimitri Shostakovich could brought the spirit of his own music very much to life.
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