Composer: Mats Lidström, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Mats Lidström – cello
Orchestra: Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 1.08 GB
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Lidström: Rigoletto Fantasy / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Mats Lidström (b. 1959)
Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra
01. Introduction and the Duke’s aria – Questa o quella
02. Caro nome che il mio cor
03. Tutte le feste al tempio
04. Figlia! Mio padre!
05. Scorrendo uniti remota via
06. La donna è mobile
07. Venendo, mi vede alcuno?
08. Cortigiani vil razza, dannata
09. Miei signori, perdono, pietate
10. Solo, difforme, povero
11. O tu che la festa audace hai turbato
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107
12. I. Allegretto
13. II. Moderato
14. III. Cadenza
15. IV. Allegro con moto
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mats Lidström began their collaboration in London in the 1980s, during Ashkenazy’s tenure at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where Lidström was principal cellist. They have since appeared together in concert as well as on disc, including a recording of concertos by Kabalevsky and Khachaturian on BIS. They are here reunited, in front of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, in a performance of what has become a true modern classic: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. The concerto was composed in 1959, during the so-called Khruschev Thaw, but even though Soviet censorship and repression had relaxed somewhat following the death of Stalin, the approval from the mighty Composer’s Union was still needed before any public performances could take place. When the concerto was performed before the Union’s committee, Vladimir Ashkenazy – then in his early twenties – was present and has recounted how nervous and uncomfortable Shostakovich appeared while observing the reactions of the committee.
The disc opens with Mats Lidström’s own Rigoletto Fantasy, based on Verdi’s opera. Inspired by virtuosic violin pieces such Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, and with professional experience from the orchestra pit of the Royal Swedish Opera, Lidström has selected a string of highlights from Rigoletto, including of course the Duke’s La donna è mobile and Gilda’s Caro nome, joining them together in a virtuosic, dramatic and moving narrative.