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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Definitive Shostakovich

    The world has certainly not lacked good recordings of Shostakovich’s many efforts on behalf of the cinema. “The New Babylon”, a silent 1929 Soviet polemic is no exception. There are (and have been) several versions. This Naxos release is unique, however. As the extensive liner notes so exhaustively recount, the protracted gestation of this remarkable score is complex. Suffice it to say that this new edition embodies the most authentic and arguably definitive incarnation of the composer’s wishes. As he so vividly demonstrated with his previous Shostakovich film score outings, maestro Fitz-Gerald is “to the manner born’ so to speak. The 20 odd players of the Basel Sinfonietta maneuver with relish through the multitude of rhythmic and coloristic twists and turns. Sonics are first rate: warm and detailed. A winner in every sense of the word.

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