Composer: Benjamin Britten, Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Pieter Wispelwey – cello
Orchestra: Sinfonietta Cracovia
Conductor: Pieter Wispelwey
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.1, 2.0
Label: Channel Classics Records
Size: 3.04 GB
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Pieter Wispelwey, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Jurjen Hempel / Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 2 & Britten – Third Suite for Cello Solo
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126 36:20
01. I. Largo 14:57
02. II. Allegretto 4:40
03. III. Allegretto 16:43
Britten: Suite No. 3 for cello solo, Op. 87 25:25
04. I. Lento (Introduzione) 3:07
05. II. Allegro (Marcia) 1:50
06. III. Con Moto (Canto) 1:11
07. IV. Lento (Barcarola) 2:27
08. V. Allegretto (Dialogo) 1:54
09. VI. Andante Espressivo (Fuga) 2:20
10. VII. Fantastico (Recitativo) 1:37
11. VIII. Presto (Moto Perpetuo) 0:50
12. IX. Lento Solenne (Passacaglia) 5:53
13. X. Molto semplice (Three Russian Folk Songs and Requiem Melody) 4:16
This CD presents music composed by Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich, two striking personalities from recent 20th-century musical history, who were also united by an intimate friendship. They both also shared reciprocal friendship with the inspiring and energetic Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave the premier of both the three Suites for cello by Britten solo and the Second Cello Concerto in G by Shostakovich.
Pieter Wispelwey recorded Shostakovich with the Sinfonietta Cracovia which ranks among the leading Polish and European orchestras. The exceptional atmosphere of their concerts, the enthusiastic reception by the audiences, glowing reviews and, first of all, the quality of stage performances are to confirm the sustainable development of the still young ensemble.
Wispelwey needs no further explanation. In 1990 his first recording with Channel Classics, the Bach Cello Suites, was released to great acclaim and in 1992 he was the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is endowed upon the most promising young musician in the Netherlands; thus his path was secured to the busy and varied career he has today. Recently the latest release of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Budapest Festival Orchestra gave him, Channel Classics and Ivan Fischer and his BFO great reviews.
BBC Music Magazine
Whereas Müller-Schott and Kreizberg view the Concerto as a darkly contemplative monologue that is almost suffocating in its brooding introspection, Wispelwey manages to find more light and shade and greater emotional contrast in the solo part.
Wispelwey catches the grave beauty of Shostakovich’s opening Largo, with phrasing that is highly inflected but never to the point of self-conscious indulgence. Add to this an altogether exceptional sense of creative dialogue between soloist and orchestra and you have a performance that richly repays repeated hearings… Wispelwey brings a similar blend of colouristic and poetic imagination to bear on Britten’s uncompromising Suite, making it a real journey of exploration.