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Dmitry Shostakovich: A Portrait

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Let's say you don't know a thing about Dmitry Shostakovich, but you've heard people say he was the greatest composer of the 20th century and you're curious to find out what all the fuss is about. Where should you start? Should you start with the Fifth Symphony or the Tenth Symphony, with the Eighth Quartet or the Fifteenth Quartet, with Laurel Faye's "Shostakovich: A Life" or Elizabeth Wilson's "Shostakovich: A Life Remembered?" Or should you start with this package called "Dmitry Shostakovich -- A Portrait." Musically, it's got two discs of excerpts from many of symphonies and string quartets plus several of his ballets, a few of his film scores and a handful of his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Let's say you don't know a thing about Dmitry Shostakovich, but you've heard people say he was the greatest composer of the 20th century and you're curious to find out what all the fuss is about. Where should you start? Should you start with the Fifth Symphony or the Tenth Symphony, with the Eighth Quartet or the Fifteenth Quartet, with Laurel Faye's "Shostakovich: A Life" or Elizabeth Wilson's "Shostakovich: A Life Remembered?" Or should you start with this package called "Dmitry Shostakovich -- A Portrait." Musically, it's got two discs of excerpts from many of symphonies and string quartets plus several of his ballets, a few of his film scores and a handful of his piano works. Some of the performances are absolutely first-rate -- the Éder Quartet's razor-wire quartets are arguably be the finest non-Russian recordings of the works -- some of the performances are more or less third-rate -- Ladislav Slovák and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra's lumpy symphonies are more than adequate but less than thrilling -- and some of the performances are just this side of definitive -- Shostakovich's performances of the first and last of his Preludes and Fugues for piano are almost unbearably poignant and overwhelming dramatic. But, as important as the recordings, it's got an excellent 78 page biography of the composer which is fair, balanced and extremely enthusiastic. The book will give you a good idea of what all the fuss is about and the excerpts will give you a good idea of where to go next. Plus, the discs include a minute long radio address from 1941 by Shostakovich himself -- a wonderful bonus even for those who already know the composer's music and his biography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943818824
  • Catalog Number: 8558188
  • Sales rank: 340,666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude & Fugue for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 87/1 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitry Shostakovich (4:49)
  2. 2 Fantastic Dances (3), for piano, Op. 5: Fantastic Dance in C, Op. 5/3 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Konstantin Scherbakov (1:08)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: Movement 1: Allegretto - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (8:17)
  4. 4 The Age of Gold, suite from the ballet, Op. 22a: No. 2: Adagio - Dmitry Shostakovich & Christopher Lyndon-Gee (9:13)
  5. 5 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: No. 8: General Dance of Enthusiasm and Apotheosis - Dmitry Shostakovich & Russian State Symphony Orchestra (3:30)
  6. 6 Prelude for piano, in E flat minor ("Zoya prelude"), Op. 34/14 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Konstantin Scherbakov (2:17)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43: Movement 2: Moderato con moto - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (8:49)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: Movement 4: Allegro non troppo - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (11:37)
  9. 9 Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57: Movement 3: Scherzo - Boris Berman & Dmitry Shostakovich (3:28)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): Movement 3: Allegro non troppo - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (6:48)
  11. 11 Trio for piano & strings No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67: Movement 2: Allegro non troppo - Dmitry Shostakovich & Stockholm Arts Trio (2:58)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70: Movement 1: Allegro - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (5:23)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99): Movement 3: Passacaglia - Ilya Kaler & Dmitry Shostakovich (10:05)
  14. 14 Excerpt from a radio address by Shostakovich - Spoken Word & Dmitry Shostakovich (0:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Prelude & Fugue for piano No. 13 in F sharp major, Op. 87/13: Prelude in F sharp major, Op. 87/13a - Dmitry Shostakovich & Konstantin Scherbakov (1:59)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Movement 4: Andante - Allegro - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (13:42)
  3. 3 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Movement 3: National Holiday - Theodore Kuchar & Dmitry Shostakovich (2:49)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: Movement 2: Andante - Michael Houston & Dmitry Shostakovich (6:45)
  5. 5 String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110: Movement 5: Largo - Dmitry Shostakovich & Eder Quartet (3:50)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar): Movement 2: Humour - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (7:44)
  7. 7 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Movement 4: Largo - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitry Yablonsky (3:46)
  8. 8 String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major, Op. 133: Movement 1: Moderato - Allegretto - Dmitry Shostakovich & Eder Quartet (6:45)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135: Movement 9: O Delvig, Delvig! - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (4:58)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141: Movement 1: Allegretto - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (8:31)
  11. 11 Sonata for viola & piano in C major, Op. 147: Movement 1: Moderato - Julius Drake & Dmitry Shostakovich (11:21)
  12. 12 Prelude & Fugue for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 87/24: Fugue in D minor, Op. 87/24b - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitry Shostakovich (7:26)
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