We are delighted to announce that
Peter Donohoe‘s new Shostakovich album is Classic FM‘s Album of the Week.
When people speak of the high standards of music making in the Midlands, they tend to focus on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. But, on the evidence of this excellent Signum album, they should also spare a thought for Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the Orchestra of the Swan.
This dedicated band does sterling work in concerts around the region under their Artistic Director David Curtis, and have also made some notable recordings, of which this new one goes to the top of the list.
The pianist Peter Donohoe, also from the Midlands, is a formidable exponent of Russian music, and plays both piano concertos with virtuosity and insight. Curtis and his band are on top form, and well caught by the Signum microphones.
This is an exceptionally generous issue, being only twenty seconds short of eighty minutes, because of Shostakovich’s Piano Sonatas 1&2.