Shostakovitch's Concerto is misleadingly entitled "for trumpet and piano" as it is really a piano concerto with an important part for the solo trumpet. The work was premiered in 1933 with the composer at the piano and the Leningrad Philharmonic. Throughout the work both Shostakovich's lyrical and sarcastic vein are full in play, the latter especially in the trumpet's "interruptions." It is beautifully performed by Gábor Takács-Nagy conducting the Verbier Festival Chamber orchestra, with Martha Argerich on the piano and David Guerrier on the trumpet.
Prokofiev's Overture on a Hebrew theme is performed by Nikolaï Luganksy, Daniel Hope, Vilde Frang, Gautier Capuçon, David Aaron Carpenter and Alexander Bedenko. The work is a single movement where two contrasting moods pervade: one, introduced by the slightly ominous opening C Minor tune, the second, a more lyrical, nostalgic idea.
Finally, Menahem Pressler and Daniel Harding lead the Verbier Festival Orchestra to a fantastic rendition of Mozart's Piano concerto No. 17 in G Major, KV 453.
Verbier Festival 2007
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Verbier Festival 2008