Last time I talked about Shostakovich I said, “His music tells stories. We just don’t know what those stories are. Each of his symphonies could have been turned into a Fantasia type of movie.” Well, my lovely wife and I were listening to the first movement of Piano Concerto Number 2, and she said “Isn’t that the part that was used in Fantasia, the part about the one-legged soldier?” Well, she was absolutely right: It was featured in Fantasia 2000. I implore you to listen to the first part of this concerto, then watch Fantasia, and then listen to it again. Note the change in your perception of this music.
Piano: Denis Matsuev
Piano: Steven Osborne