Magazine article Gramophone

Shostakovich: Cello Concertos-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Shostakovich: Cello Concertos-No 1

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Cello Concertos--No 1, Op 107; No 2, Op 126

Truls Mork vc

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

Ondine (F) ODE1218-2 (64' * DDD)

Truls Merk signs in at the opening of Shostakovich's First Concerto with a fine combination of swiftness and grit, helped by a recorded balance that places him well to the fore. Both his playing and his interpretation are of a quality that immediately demands comparison with the finest on disc, so that choice becomes largely a matter of personal preference.

He and Petrenko certainly find the combination of weight and impetus that is de rigueur in these pieces. There is, perhaps, a fraction less effort and struggle, and a touch more precision, than with Miiller-Schott and Kreizberg. And in that respect Mork is closer to Heinrich Schiff than to the other listed comparisons. Maisky is alone is romanticising his way around corners, which I find hard to take on repeated hearing.

I was surprised at Mork's smooth glissando octaves in the Second Concerto, where others get closer to the notated articulation and to more dramatic effect. …

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