Chostakovitch: Krokodil

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Who could forget "Krokodil," the satiric magazine of the swinging Soviet '60s! Of course, to our western ears, the very notion of Soviet satire sounds quaintly oxymoronic. However, while the Soviet Union may not have had the most advanced economy or government in the world, it did have the most highly advanced sense of irony in the world. As the Soviet's greatest composer, Dmitry Shostakovich necessarily developed the most advanced sense of musical irony in the history of music. How else, after all, could he express himself in a society that periodically liquidated anyone who told the unvarnished truth except through the profoundest irony? In this two-disc set, an ad hoc ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Who could forget "Krokodil," the satiric magazine of the swinging Soviet '60s! Of course, to our western ears, the very notion of Soviet satire sounds quaintly oxymoronic. However, while the Soviet Union may not have had the most advanced economy or government in the world, it did have the most highly advanced sense of irony in the world. As the Soviet's greatest composer, Dmitry Shostakovich necessarily developed the most advanced sense of musical irony in the history of music. How else, after all, could he express himself in a society that periodically liquidated anyone who told the unvarnished truth except through the profoundest irony? In this two-disc set, an ad hoc ensemble of émigrés recorded by the Quebec University of Laval has performed Shostakovich's five settings of letters printed in "Krokodil" in a style that can only be called highest irony. And it totally works. Along with Shostakovich's settings of Blok and Dostoyevsky, these slavic Quebecois turn in performances that burn with the bitterest and most despairing irony. Enfolding the songs, the Quebecois instrumentalists turn in performances of a handful of piano preludes, the second string trio, and the late violin sonata that blaze with the harshest and most brutal irony. As a complete program, these discs are magnificently musical and emotionally harrowing. As a recording, these discs sound clear, deep, and immediate. As a project, "Krokodil" is a complete success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Alpha Productions
  • EAN: 3760014190551
  • Catalog Number: 55
  • Sales rank: 338,860

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Preface to the Complete Collection of My Work and Thoughts, song for bass & piano, Op. 123 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitry Shostakovich (2:26)
  2. 2 Prelude & Fugue for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 87/1 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Arthur Schoonderwoerd (5:51)
  3. 3 Trio for piano & strings No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Marie Hallynck (26:21)
  4. 4 Songs (5) from the journal Krokodil, for bass & piano, Op. 121 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Arthur Schoonderwoerd (10:41)
  5. 5 Suite of Romances (7) for soprano & piano trio, Op. 127 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Aleksandr Blok (23:36)
  6. 6 Prelude & Fugue for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 87/4 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Arthur Schoonderwoerd (8:26)
  7. 7 Satires (5), for soprano & piano, Op. 109 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Arthur Schoonderwoerd (15:03)
  8. 8 Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 134 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Graf Mourja (30:42)
  9. 9 Verses (4) of Captain Lebyadkin, songs for bass & piano, Op. 146 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Arthur Schoonderwoerd (12:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Piotr Migunov Primary Artist
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