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3 Jun 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich plays... Shostakovich. Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (French National / Cluytens) & 3 Fantastic Dances - EMI 1958

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, op.35  
Piano Concerto no.2 in F major, op.102    
Three Fantastic Dances, op.5    
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Dmitri Shostakovich, piano - Ludovic Vaillant, trumpet - French National Radio Orchestra  conducted by  Andre Cluytens      
EMI/World Records  SH 293   1979 LP (first UK release)  Matrices: XLX 779 -2 / XLX 778 -2.
Recorded: 24-26/30 May / 12 September 1958 - Salle Wagram, Paris  (mono only)
Transfer level is slightly lower than normal (although the recorder peaked @ 0dB) - and the LP sound wasn't exactly 'master-tape'; also with some tape compression/modulation..     Sleeve-note / 1962 EMG review >>>

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous04 June, 2014

    I've always loved these recordings by Shostakovich.

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    1. How does it compare to the EMI CD then?!

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  2. Interesting pieces - though, effecting rather bafflement than emotional response or aesthetic admiration. The transfer, however, is stunning, apart from the compression (which i think i do notice) near perfect (for CD quality!)

    Thanks very much - doubt would have ever heard these if you hadn't put them up!

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    1. The EMI CD is cheap on Amazon: apparently sounding 'the best' - but see it has ART processing.
      Maybe the original recording wasn't too good as I disposed of the Cluytens Shostakovich Sym.11 on Columbia 33CX's of a similar recording date; but this LP has aspects that suggest a Dolby copy-tape is the source.

      The music is very 'lightweight' and I probably prefer John Ogdon's 1970 HMV version of the 2nd (ASD2709: the original US Angel sounds good as well) - though don't recall listening to his 1970 Argo version (ZRG674) of the 1st - but bought the HMV - with its 'spooky' Ogdon PC - over 40 years back..

      Only uploaded this as this blog hasn't had much 'new'; next up maybe some more Shostakovich (Sym.6/Gauk - Sym.12/Mravinsky) - or maybe Varese/Robert Craft..??

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    2. i see.

      If the last is at least to a degree a gallup-like question, personally i'm doubtful if i could 'understand' a composer like Varese (of such, admittedly Schnittke actually succeeds in being more than just interesting, so Varese could surprise me, too!), but Gauk/Mravinsky Shostakovich sounds like everyone should hear those. ;) Just my opinion.

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    3. Maybe I should start a Poll?
      So that's probably ONE vote FOR....and, err... ONE vote AGAINST Gauk/Mravinsky....???!!!

      (Actually; both are excellent: checking; I saw the Mravinsky was also subjected to 'CD fakery' in a 'Praga' box-set: pretended to be a 'live' performance - with some added applause: now; who does that remind me of....)

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    4. Ha-ha! Reminds me of partly faked (commercially released) "live"-recordings of Yuja Wang (not that it matters, don't listen to her...), where parts played in studio are mixed in, so...

      And sorry, seems polls need to be simpler to be effective... better not to poll.

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