Shostakovich Cello Concertos Numbers 1 and 2
Dmitri Shostakovich’s cello concertos numbers 1 and 2 were both written for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The first was composed in 1959, and the second in 1966.
The two concertos are different in spirit and shape: the first is often assertive and energetic, and features a huge cadenza for the cello that is almost a movement in its own right. The second concerto is more introspective, quieter, and thought provoking.
When Mr. Capuçon played the Concerto No. 1 in New York in early 2014, the New York Times said:
“Mr. Capuçon played the work beautifully, negotiating its difficulties with seeming ease … his elegance paid dividends …, especially in the meditative Moderato and the brooding opening of the cadenza.”
And my own high-point was reached when I heard Mr. Capucon perform the Cello solo in the Andante movement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C-Minor. What an amazing sound this man can produce!
Here is the Cello concerto #1 by Shostakovich, as performed by Gautier Capucon:
And for those of you who want to listen to that Brahms that I mentioned above, have a look at this: