Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 (hr-Sinf., Joh. Moser, cond. Skrowaczew…

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Schostakowitsch: 1. Cellokonzert ? Johannes Moser ? hr-Sinfonieorchester ? Stanis?aw Skrowaczewski

I. Allegretto ?
II. Moderato ?
III. Cadenza ?
IV. Allegro con moto ?

hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) ?
Johannes Moser, Violoncello ?
Stanis?aw Skrowaczewski, Dirigent ?

Alte Oper Frankfurt, 22. März 2013 ?



The Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, was composed in 1959 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich wrote the work for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich, who committed it to memory in four days and gave the premiere on October 4, 1959, with Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in the Large Hall of the Leningrad Conservatory. The first recording was made in two days following the premiere by Rostropovich and the Moscow Philharmonic, under the baton of Aleksandr Gauk.

The first concerto is widely considered to be one of the most difficult concerted works for cello, along with the Sinfonia Concertante of Sergei Prokofiev, with which it shares certain features (such as the prominent role of isolated timpani strokes). Shostakovich said that "an impulse" for the piece was provided by his admiration for that earlier work.

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