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SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, String Quartets Nos. 2 & 8. Arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg. Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko. Naxos

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Shostakovich Piano Concertos String Quartets Liverpool Po Vasily Petrenko Naxos

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1* and 2
String Quartets Nos. 2† & 8†


Arranged for piano by Boris Giltburg

Boris Giltburg, Piano
Rhys Owens, Trumpet*
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to
virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo
piano composition.

Key Features
• Boris Giltburg is one of today’s most exciting young pianists, lauded for his ‘massive and engulfing technique, supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment.’
(Gramophone)

• His Rachmaninov piano disc for Naxos was a Gramophone Recording of the Month, and a BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Choice. The American Record Guide wrote of his playing that
he “plays these pieces better than I can ever remember having heard them. I have never heard a more glorious combination of power and sensitivity.”

• This disc includes the first recording of pianist Boris Giltburg’s transcriptions for solo piano of the Eighth String Quartet and the Waltz from the Second Quartet. Giltburg has received permission
from the Shostakovich family to present these transcriptions.

• Conductor Vasily Petrenko’s complete cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has won magnificent accolades. Of Volume 14 (8573132)
Gramophone wrote; with bold sound and detailed booklet-notes this would be a thrilling investment at any price.” It was also a MusicWeb

International Recording of the Year, and Sunday Times Album of the Week, and ClassicsToday.com wrote of it “This is a sensational performance, the first that truly vies with the classic
Rostropovich/Vishnevskaya/Reshetin for supremacy.”

Boris Giltburg took first prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, having won second prize at the Rubinstein in 2011 and top prize at Santander back in 2002, and subsequently appearing
across the globe. Notable débuts have included a South American tour in 2002 (and every season since), with the Israel Philharmonic in 2005, the Indianapolis Symphony in 2007, a tour of China in 2007, and at the BBC Proms in London in 2010. He has appeared with Marin Alsop, Martyn Brabbins, Edo de Waart, Christoph von Dohnányi, Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Järvi, Kirill Karabits, Emmanuel Krivine, Hannu Lintu, Vasily Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Tugan Sokhiev and Yan Pascal Tortelier, among others. In 2014 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos.

Naxos 8573666

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