Cello Concertos by Dovrak and Shostakovich at Piatigorsky Festival 3/15/12

March 15, 2012

My cello fever continues with Piatigorsky Festival. This week I attended the dress rehearsal of 2 cello concertos, Dovrak with Ralph Kirshbaum, and Shostakovich with Mischa Maisky,  at LA Phil on Wednesday 3/14. It was very interesting to listen 2 entirely different concertos by 2 entirely different cellists. I grew up listening the duo recording of Argerich and Maisky, and it was wonderful to listen him playing live! It was striking that both of them kept intense involvement during the orchestra tutti sections. I probably get the concerto offer every 2 years (I am NOT famous!), and I listen and enjoy through orchestra tutti sections, but I never be involved strongly like them. Or course cello is a part of orchestra, and piano is not. I would like to think about this when I play Beethoven 4th next year. I am planning to hear the dress rehearsal of Tchaikovsky:Rococo by Alisa Weilerstein. More report will come!

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