Shostakovich: Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Chamber Symphonies

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All Music Guide - C. Ryan Hill
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - C. Ryan Hill
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!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947574316
  • Catalog Number: 000676902
  • Sales rank: 139,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 - Ronald Brautigam & Dmitry Shostakovich (8:10)
  2. 4–7 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35 - Ronald Brautigam & Dmitry Shostakovich (22:02)
  3. 8–15 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (24:39)
  4. 9 Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) A spin through - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:32)
  2. 2 Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Waltz - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (5:14)
  3. 3 Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Dances: Polka - - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (5:09)
  4. 4 Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105: (Suite from the operetta, Op. 105) Ballet - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (6:07)
  5. 5–10 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (21:24)
  6. 6 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Overture - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:53)
  7. 7 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The cliff - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:59)
  8. 8 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Youth (Romance) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:00)
  9. 9 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The slap in the face - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:35)
  10. 10 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Barrel organ - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:07)
  11. 11 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Contredanse - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:36)
  12. 12 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Galop - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:14)
  13. 13 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The market place - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:39)
  14. 14 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Escape - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:32)
  15. 15 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Montanelli - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:11)
  16. 16 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Finale - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:00)
  17. 17 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: The Austrians - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:20)
  18. 18 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Gemma's room - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Presto - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:08)
  2. 2 Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Andante - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:55)
  3. 3 Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: The song of the counterplan - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:10)
  4. 4 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): March. The street - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (0:27)
  5. 5 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Galop - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:14)
  6. 6 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Barrel organ - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:24)
  7. 7 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): March - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (0:42)
  8. 8 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Altai - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:56)
  9. 9 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): In Kuzmina's hut - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:53)
  10. 10 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): School Children - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:31)
  11. 11 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Storm scene: Storm breaks - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:00)
  12. 12 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Fay Lovsky theremin. Storm scene: Snow storm - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:22)
  13. 13 Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Fay Lovsky theremin. Storm scene: Calm after the s - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:41)
  14. 14 The Silly Little Mouse, animated film score, Op. 56 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (12:19)
  15. 15 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Introduction - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:28)
  16. 16 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Palace music - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (1:03)
  17. 17 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball at the castle - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:57)
  18. 18 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (0:58)
  19. 19 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): In the garden - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:18)
  20. 20 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Military music - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (0:41)
  21. 21 Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Scene of the poisoning - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (6:38)
  22. 22 The Great Citizen II, film score, Op. 55 (part lost): Funeral march - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (6:53)
  23. 23 Sofia Perovskaya, film score, Op. 132 (2 numbers missing): Waltz - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:39)
  24. 24 Pirogov, film score, Op. 76: Scherzo - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (2:29)
  25. 25 The Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Youth (Romance) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:50)
  26. 26 Pirogov, film score, Op. 76: Finale - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (4:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1–5 Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arranged by Barshai from the String Quartet No. 8 ) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Rudolf Barshai (22:18)
  2. 6–9 Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Rudolf Barshai (26:15)
  3. 10–13 Chamber Symphony in D major, Op. 83a (arranged by Barshai from the String Quartet No. 4) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Rudolf Barshai (26:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1–13 Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (21:51)
  2. 14–17 The Age of Gold, suite from the ballet, Op. 22a - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (16:04)
  3. 15 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Overture - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (5:32)
  4. 16 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Bureaucrat's dance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 17 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Drayman's dance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (1:32)
  6. 18 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Tango - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (5:12)
  7. 19 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Intermezzo - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (4:36)
  8. 20 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The colonial slavegirl's dance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:23)
  9. 21 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The Yes-Man - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (2:47)
  10. 22 The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: General dance and apotheosis - Dmitry Shostakovich & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:10)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Overture on Russian and Khirghiz Folksongs, for orchestra, Op. 115 - Pat Bayley & Dmitry Shostakovich (9:49)
  2. 2–8 The Song of the Forests, oratorio, for tenor, bass, childrens chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 81 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (36:33)
  3. 3 Mournful-Triumphal Prelude in Memory of the Heroes of Stalingrad, Op. 130 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:50)
  4. 4 The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119 - MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus & Dmitry Shostakovich (31:26)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Festive Overture, for orchestra in A major, Op. 96 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:00)
  2. 2–4 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (20:11)
  3. 5–9 Fragments (5), for small orchestra, Op. 42 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (9:03)
  4. 10–14 Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a (arr by Barshai from String Quartet No. 3) - Dmitry Shostakovich & Rudolf Barshai (33:18)
  5. 11 October, symphonic poem, Op. 131 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (12:44)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99) - AndrĂ© Previn & Dmitry Shostakovich (34:04)
  2. 5–7 Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Boston Symphony Orchestra (31:52)
Disc 9
  1. 1–4 Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (27:51)
  2. 5–7 Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126 - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Dmitry Shostakovich (33:33)
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