Christian Thielemann

Christian Thielemann

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2 in G major – Mstislav Rostropovich, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov (World premiere recording, Prague, December 6, 1967 – Audio video)

Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich

The Cello Concerto No.2 in G major, Op.126, was written by Dmitri Shostakovich in the spring of 1966 in the Crimea. Like the first concerto, it was written for Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave the premiere in Moscow under Yevgeny Svetlanov on 25 September 1966 at the composer's 60th birthday concert. Sometimes the Concerto is listed as being in the key of G, but the score gives no such indication. Along with the Eleventh String Quartet, the Preface to the Complete Works, and the Seven Romances on Texts by Alexander Blok, the Second Cello Concerto signaled the beginning of Shostakovich's late period style.

Like the Fourth Symphony and Ninth String Quartet before it and the Fifteenth Symphony after it, the Second Cello Concerto gave Shostakovich some problems in the compositional stages. The opening Largo, for example, was originally conceived to be the start of a new symphony. Shostakovich later abandoned this idea, however, and reworked this movement into its present form. The finale also gave the composer considerable trouble. He confessed to Mstislav Rostropovich, the Concerto's dedicatee, that he had a finale completely written out but decided to scrap that version and supplant it with the one we know today because he felt that his original finale was weak. Shostakovich also allowed Rostropovich to make a few changes to the concerto's cadenzas.

The Concerto is scored for solo cello, one piccolo, one flute, two oboes, two clarinets (each doubling B flat and A), two bassoons, contrabassoon (doubling 3rd bassoon), two horns, timpani, slapstick, wood block, tom-tom, tambourine, snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, two harps (always in unison as indicated on the score), and strings.


Το Κοντσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο αρ. 2 σε Σολ μείζονα, έργο 126, γράφτηκε από τον Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς την άνοιξη του 1966 στην Κριμαία. Όπως και το Πρώτο Κοντσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο, γράφτηκε για τον Μστισλάβ Ροστροπόβιτς ο οποίος το ερμήνευσε για πρώτη φορά στη Μόσχα στις 25 Σεπτεμβρίου του 1966, ημέρα εορτασμού των εξηκοστών γενεθλίων του συνθέτη. Μαζί με το Ενδέκατο Κουαρτέτο Εγχόρδων (έργο 122), το Preface to the Complete Works (έργο 123) και τα Επτά Ειδύλλια σε ποιήματα του Alexander Blok (έργο 127), το Δεύτερο Κοντσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο σηματοδότησε την αρχή της ώριμης περιόδου του Σοστακόβιτς.

Το Δεύτερο Κοντσέρτο για βιολοντσέλο σε Σολ μείζονα, έργο 126, του Ντμίτρι Σοστακόβιτς, ερμηνεύει ο Μστισλάβ Ροστροπόβιτς. Τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Πράγας διευθύνει ο Εβγκένι Σβετλάνοφ.


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

♪ Cello Concerto No.2 in G major, Op.126 (1966)

i. Largo
ii. Allegretto
iii. Allegretto

Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

Prague Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov

Prague, December 6, 1967 (Live)


World premiere recording, First ever released recording

Supraphon Archiv 2013

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

First publication: September 7, 2014 – Last update: June 6, 2017

See also


Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.7 in C major "Leningrad" – hr-Sinfonieorchester, Marin Alsop (HD 1080p)

George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major | Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor – Yuja Wang, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 in B flat minor "Babi Yar" – Sergei Aleksashkin, Groot Omroepmannenkoor, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Dima Slobodeniouk

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.4 in C minor – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, David Afkham

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.14 in G minor – Makvala Kasrashvili, Evgeny Nesterenco, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai (Audio video)


Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor – Nicola Benedetti, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Søndergård (HD 1080p)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major – Alexander Warenberg, Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Judith Kubitz

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, & Symphony No.1 in F minor | Benjamin Britten: Sinfonietta, Op.1 – Steven Isserlis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis (HD 1080p)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major – Mstislav Rostropovich, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Aleksandr Gauk (World premiere recording, Moscow, October 6, 1959 – Audio video)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor – Martha Argerich, David Guerrier, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy

Dmitri Shostakovich plays the end of his First Piano Concerto (1940)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major – Dmitri Shostakovich, Orchestre National de France, André Cluytens (Audio video)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C minor – Dmitri Shostakovich, Orchestre National de France, André Cluytens (Audio video)

Chamber Music

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor – Delta Piano Trio (HD 1080p)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.1 in C minor – Janine Jansen, Torleif Thedéen, Eldar Nebolsin

Piano Works

Dmitri Shostakovich: 3 Fantastic Dances, 5 Preludes & Fugues – Dmitri Shostakovich (Audio video)

Song Cycles

Dmitri Shostakovich: Song-cycle: From Jewish Folk Poetry – Tatiana Sharova, Ludmila Kuznetsova, Alexei Martynov, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Valeri Polyansky (Audio video)


Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies – A Documentary by Larry Weinstein – Netherland Radio Philharmonic, Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (HD 1080p)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), 1966 – A film by Mikhail Shapiro – Galina Vishnevskaya, Konstantin Simeonov

The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon), 1929 – A film by Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg – Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (HD 1080p)

Film Music

Dmitri Shostakovich: Film music from New Babylon – Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Valeri Polyansky (Audio video)

Texts (in Greek)

Μουσική υπό διωγμό: οι πολιτικές διώξεις του Σοστακόβιτς – Μέρος Α

Μουσική υπό διωγμό: οι πολιτικές διώξεις του Σοστακόβιτς – Μέρος Β

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