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This is a beautiful recording and is one of my all-time favourites. The quality of the recording is excellent and the playing superb. Ortiz interpretation of concerto # 2 - especially the second movement is both thrilling and moving. My personal favourite tracks are the Three Fantastic Dances. I had no idea Shostakovich composed these at age 16!
I have these rrcordingsby Ortiz in CD. I bought this one from hdtt to try the sound. And it is really astonishing.
Had this on LP when first released - had forgotten the strength and commitment of Ortiz's playing and Berglund's conducting. The BSO were a great band back then. The transfer is splendid - great spatial detail and dynamics. Recommended.
Fine performances of the snappy Shostakovich concertos, in stunning sound - full of beautiful analog goodness! Seriously, the piano sound is just sublime. And look out for future Berglund/Shostakovich recordings of similar late EMI vintage, recorded by Stuart Eltham. He was a longtime Abbey Road engineer, a favourite of George Martin, a real gentleman who also managed to record some of the best-sounding analog classical recordings in history. Listen to this and see what I mean!
Title: Shostakovich Concerto For Piano, Trumpet & Strings, Op.35
Piano Concerto No.2, Op.102
Three Fantastic Dances
Artist(s): Conductor – Paavo Berglund
Orchestra – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Piano – Cristina Ortiz
Trumpet [Solo] – Rodney Senior
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips tape
Recorded by EMI
Engineer - Stuart Eltham Producer – John Willan
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35 21:58
1 I. Allegro moderato - Allegro vivace - Moderato 6:05
2 II. Lento 7:13
3 III. Moderato 1:58
4 IV. Allegro con brio - Presto - Allegretto poco moderato - Allegro con brio 6:42
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 19:54
5 I. Allegro 7:27
6 II. Andante 6:48
7 III. Allegro 5:39
Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5 3:26
12 No. 1. March 1:09
13 No. 2. Waltz 1:25
14 No. 3. Polka :52