Dmitri Shostakovich, piano movements:
- Allegtro (A jolly main theme)
- Andante (The second movement is subdued and romantic)
- Allegro (The finale is a lively dance in duple time)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
André Cluytens, conductor
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, by Dmitri Shostakovich was composed in 1957 for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich’s works.
The work is scored for solo piano, three flutes (third doubling piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, timpani, snare drum andstrings.