Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor op35 ( last movt).
London Mozart Players, cond Matthias Bamert,
Alain Lefèvre (piano)
Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, completed in 1933, is closer to the subtle spirit of Haydn than to the darkness so often associated with other works by this composer. Casual, exuberant and dryly humorous, the concerto was designed to "fill a void in the Soviet instrumental repertoire,” according to the the great man. His classical style of writing and minimal orchestration (strings and solo trumpet with the score having been written with his friend, Alexandre Schmidt trumpeter in the Leningrad Philharmonic in mind), only heightens the work's eccentricity. Recorded in London in 2009, this album won the Juno Award in the category Classical Album of the Year for 2010