Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2, Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2, Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto


Lynn Harrell, cello
Gerard Schwarz
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Released here for the first time are two live recordings with the internationally renowned cellist Lynn Harrell, a consummate collaborator with the RLPO and Gerard Schwarz. Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto by its very name acknowledges the complex writing for the orchestra which vies with the solo cello in a contest of virtuosity. The work was written for Mstislav Rostropovich, as was the Second Cello Concerto by Shostakovich, who greatly admired his older colleague’s earlier work, hence the echoes in the concerto’s three-movement structure with a sardonic scherzo in the middle. The coupling of these two works is unique.


Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 – 1975)
Cello Concerto No. 2 In G Major, Op. 126 (1966)
1. Largo (10:14)
2. Allegretto (17:26)
3. Allegretto (10:23)

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953)
Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 125 (1950/51)
4. Andante (13:42)
5. Allegro giusto (4:40)
6. Andante con moto – Allegretto – Allegro marcato (15:58)
Total time: 70:02

Recorded 25, 26 May 2005 (Prokofiev) and 27, 28 May 2005 (Shostakovich), live at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Recording Producer: Michael Ogonovsky
Sound Engineer: David A. Pigott


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