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Lidström & Shostakovich - works for cello and orchestra

Composer Mats Lidström
Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer Mats Lidström
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Period Contemporary
Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2289 SACD
EAN 7318599922898
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2018
Total time 60'02



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.
 
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  Mats Lidström
  Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra 30'13
01 Bar 1 Introduction and the Duke’s aria – Questa o quella 2'35
02 Bar 127 Caro nome che il mio cor (Gilda) 3'36
03 Bar 188 Tutte le feste al tempio (Gilda) 2'06
04 Bar 222 Figlia! Mio padre! (duet) 1'19
05 Bar 275 Scorrendo uniti remota via (terzetto and chorus) 3'39
06 Bar 357 La donna è mobile (The Duke) 2'18
07 Bar 435 Venendo, mi vede alcuno? (Rigoletto) 3'38
08 Bar 554 Cortigiani vil razza, dannata (Rigoletto) 2'32
09 Bar 591 Miei signori, perdono, pietate (Rigoletto) 4'31
10 Bar 657 Solo, difforme, povero (Rigoletto) 2'23
11 Bar 697 O tu che la festa audace hai turbato (The Duke) 1'36
 
 
  Dmitri Shostakovich
  Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107 29'41
12 I. Allegretto 6'34
13 II. Moderato 12'04
14 III. Cadenza 5'28
15 IV. Allegro con moto 5'35
 
  Album total 60'02
ComposerLidström, Mats
Shostakovich, Dmitri
OrchestraOxford Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorAshkenazy, Vladimir
CelloLidström, Mats

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