© 2011 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2011 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Piano Concertos recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, 23 April 2008 and 25 April 2009. Piano Quintet recorded at Henry Wood Hall, 24–25 June 2010.
Publisher: Anglo-Soviet Music Ltd (for Great Britain and British Commonwealth excluding Canada)
Supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Total playing time: 75.49
DDD Stereo
Released April 2011

CD: Shostakovich – Piano Concertos & Piano Quintet

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
Paul Beniston trumpet
Pieter Schoeman violin
Vesselin Gellev violin
Alexander Zemtsov viola
Kristina Blaumane cello
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich’s energetic piano concertos feature striking and attractive themes, with sudden changes of mood between the burlesque and haunting, perfectly captured in these live recordings with pianist Martin Helmchen and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. The Piano Quintet displays perhaps an even greater range of styles within a work of unusual purity written under the looming shadow of war, played here by Principals of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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'One of the most impressive performances of the Quintet that I've heard in recent years'
BBC Music Magazine, July 2011

‘Shostakovich gives piano and orchestra well-balanced dialogue in two works for the medium, captured with nimble energy by fine young soloist Martin Helmchen and the LPO in this live recording.’
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 20 March 2011

‘Shostakovich’s piano concertos take listeners on a wild ride in the hands of Jurowski, Helmchen and the LPO — as they should. At least as impressive as their fervor is the structural and expressive clarity that accompanies and balances it. In the first concerto, Jurowski and the LPO convey a broad range of emotions, from anxiety inherent in repeated string figures to tender orchestral sighs that never become too sentimental.’
Ronni Reich, NJ.com, 19 August 2011

‘The cadenzas and the furious closing gallop before the gleefully celebratory finale of the First Concerto are all played up with abandon and humor … the Andante of the Second with such superlatively touching, restrained and pliable lyricism that it must be heard to be believed.’
Best Recordings of 2011, IonArts, 10 December 2011


Watch the concert performance of the Second Piano Concerto (movement 3):

CD-0053 video

Helmchen in performance

Part of the third movement of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 from the concert performance released on this album


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