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Shostakovich: Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Chamber Symphonies
     

Shostakovich: Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Chamber Symphonies

 
While it's important to point out that nothing in this collection will be new to Shostakovich fans, this is nevertheless one of the most impressive compilations of the composer's works to be released in recent memory. Many of the performances featured in this nine-disc set have long been accepted as the authoritative interpretations of their respective works. With the

Overview

While it's important to point out that nothing in this collection will be new to Shostakovich fans, this is nevertheless one of the most impressive compilations of the composer's works to be released in recent memory. Many of the performances featured in this nine-disc set have long been accepted as the authoritative interpretations of their respective works. With the exception of the composer's Symphonies, the collection includes nearly every important orchestral work that is worth a listen, with a few small exceptions -- the Suite from King Lear would have made for a nice inclusion, for instance. Part of the big appeal for this set is that until now many of these performances have been out of print for some time. The first three discs, all previously released on London, feature both the Royal Concertgebouw and the Philadelphia Orchestras, both conducted by Riccardo Chailly. The set begins light-heartedly enough, with the Jazz Suites and First Piano Concerto, and continues with the suites from his lesser-known stage music Cheryomushki and the more familiar Bolt. On the darker side, fans will appreciate the inclusion of both his 1964 film music from Hamlet as well as the earlier 1932 suite. Previously released as two separate discs on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca includes Rudolf Barshai conducting his own powerful arrangements (sanctified by the composer) of the Third, Fourth, Eighth and Tenth string quartets. The former two are orchestrated for strings and woodwinds, the latter two for strings alone: any elucidation of the emotional power of these works, especially the Eighth (and the lesser-known Tenth) is most likely unnecessary (especially after only a brief hearing). Shostakovich's heart was truly in his chamber music. Some of Vladimir Ashkenazy's efforts, showcased for London long ago, are also included. His spirited rendition of the propaganda-ridden choral masterpiece Song of the Forests is included, as are the mysteriously experimental Five Fragments and the more accessible Second Piano Concerto. For the Concerto, Ashkenazy confines himself to the conducting alone: Cristina Ortiz is the piano soloist. The final two discs contain the Violin and Celli Concerti. Violinist Viktoria Mullova and conductor André Previn deliver a passionate performance of the First Violin Concerto; Gidon Kremer and Seiji Ozawa produce an energetic account of the Second. Appropriately, the composer's son Maxim, an unreserved, enthusiastic and emotional conductor, delivers both the Celli Concerti in high drama with cellist Heinrich Schiff, bringing the set to an emotionally piercing conclusion. Although many Shostakovich fans prefer to pick and choose their favorites, that is no reason to avoid this set: there is not a performance here that is not in some way illuminating. Unfortunately, all nine discs come slotted in individual paper sleeves, an absurd way to preserve this otherwise unbeatable set. Plastic next time, please!

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947574316
catalogNumber:
000676902
Rank:
287469

Tracks

  1. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35
  3. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2
  4. Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16
  5. Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) A spin through
  6. Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Waltz
  7. Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Dances: Polka -
  8. Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Ballet
  9. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a
  10. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Overture
  11. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The cliff
  12. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Youth (Romance)
  13. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The slap in the face
  14. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Barrel organ
  15. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Contredanse
  16. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Galop
  17. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The market place
  18. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Escape
  19. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Montanelli
  20. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Finale
  21. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The Austrians
  22. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Gemma's room
  23. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Presto
  24. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Andante
  25. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: The song of the counterplan
  26. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): March. The street
  27. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Galop
  28. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Barrel organ
  29. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): March
  30. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Altai
  31. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): In Kuzmina's hut
  32. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): School Children
  33. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Storm scene: Storm breaks
  34. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Fay Lovsky theremin. Storm scene: Snow storm
  35. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Fay Lovsky theremin. Storm scene: Calm after the s
  36. The Silly Little Mouse, animated film score, Op. 56
  37. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Introduction
  38. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Palace music
  39. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball at the castle
  40. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball
  41. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): In the garden
  42. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Military music
  43. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Scene of the poisoning
  44. The Great Citizen II, film score, Op. 55 (part lost): Funeral march
  45. Sofia Perovskaya, film score, Op. 132 (2 numbers missing): Waltz
  46. Pirogov, film score, Op. 76: Scherzo
  47. The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Youth (Romance)
  48. Pirogov, film score, Op. 76: Finale
  49. Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arranged by Barshai from the String Quartet No. 8 )
  50. Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
  51. Chamber Symphony in D major, Op. 83a (arranged by Barshai from the String Quartet No. 4)
  52. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score)
  53. The Age of Gold, suite from the ballet, Op. 22a
  54. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Overture
  55. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Bureaucrat's dance
  56. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Drayman's dance
  57. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Tango
  58. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Intermezzo
  59. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The colonial slavegirl's dance
  60. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The Yes-Man
  61. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: General dance and apotheosis
  62. Overture on Russian and Khirghiz Folksongs, for orchestra, Op. 115
  63. The Song of the Forests, oratorio, for tenor, bass, childrens chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 81
  64. Mournful-Triumphal Prelude in Memory of the Heroes of Stalingrad, Op. 130
  65. The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
  66. Festive Overture, for orchestra in A major, Op. 96
  67. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
  68. Fragments (5), for small orchestra, Op. 42
  69. Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a (arr by Barshai from String Quartet No. 3)
  70. October, symphonic poem, Op. 131
  71. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
  72. Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  73. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
  74. Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126

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