BIS Records has this month announced the release of Swedish cellist Mats Lidström‘s new album: Shostakovich & Lidström – Works for Cello & Orchestra.
Recorded with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc features Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto – coupled with Mats Lidström’s original virtuosic cello arrangement to Rigoletto Fantasy for solo cello.
“Recording Shostakovich’s masterpiece is a privilege …” Mats has told the Violin Channel.
“But, during my years at Juilliard, a source of fascination amongst my violin friends was comparing Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with the Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman … their endless discussions for or against have remained an inspiration to create something similar for my instrument,” he has said.
Shostakovich & Lidström – Works for cello & orchestra |CD|
Mats Lidström, cello
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: June 1, 2018