Prokofiev • Shostakovich

Prokofiev & Shostakovich Cello concertos

Prokofiev • Shostakovich

Prokofiev: Cello Concerto in E minor • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Steven Isserlis (cello); Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi
Hyperion CDA 68037

Reviewed May 2015

Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto, completed during the height of Stalin’s Terror in 1938, is here revealed as a great and much underestimated masterpiece. Steven Isserlis is the compelling soloist in this powerful performance, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under the ever-attentive Paavo Järvi, realising the striking inventiveness of Prokofiev’s orchestration. The Shostakovich is given just as expressive and searching a performance.