Shostakovich: The Film Album

Shostakovich: The Film Album

by Riccardo Chailly
     
 

One beneficiary of a trend to give film music more respect is Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the great symphonic composers of all time, who also wrote nearly fifty film scores. While many of these were for flat out cinematic propaganda hack-work, he wrote surprising good music even for films of that sort, and outstanding music for films that he could get…  See more details below

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One beneficiary of a trend to give film music more respect is Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the great symphonic composers of all time, who also wrote nearly fifty film scores. While many of these were for flat out cinematic propaganda hack-work, he wrote surprising good music even for films of that sort, and outstanding music for films that he could get into. Eight films are represented on this superb collection. The seriousness this music deserves is betokened by the artists participating in it: Riccardo Chailly conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, one of the top ten symphony orchestras of the world. Four of the films (The Counterplan, The Great Citizen, Pirogov, and to a lesser extend Alone) are films of the propaganda type. Counterplan resulted in Shostakovich's most popular tune, The Greeting Song, which has virtually become a Russian folk tune. On the other hand, Hamlet, the Gadfly, The Tale of the Silly Little Mouse, and Sofya Perovskaya are films of high literary merit and have music of suitable stature. The real fine of the album is Silly Little Mouse, the whole score to that animated film in an arrangement for orchestra (i.e., turning vocal parts into instrumental solos and so forth) by Andrew Cornall. The recording reveals it as the most charming and innocent work in all of Shostakovich's output, his equivalent to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. All the excerpts here are brilliantly performed. The famous Romance from the Gadfly is included (used in Riley, Ace of Spies), so it the Funeral March from the egregious film The Great Citizen, which Shostakovich later recycled as a theme of his Eleventh Symphony. The 1998 recording, produced by Cornall, is top rate, as is, of course, the Concertgebouw's playing and Chailly's interpretations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946079225
catalogNumber:
460792

Tracks

  1. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Presto  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  2. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady  - Alexander Kerr
  3. Counterplan (The Passer-by), film score, Op. 33: The Song of the counterplan  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  4. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Marche, the Street  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  5. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Galop  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  6. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Barrel organ  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  7. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): March  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  8. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Altai  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  9. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): In Kuzmina's Hut  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  10. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): School children  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  11. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Storm breaks  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  12. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Snow storm  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  13. Alone (All Alone), film score, Op. 26 (part lost): Calm after the Storm  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  14. The Silly Little Mouse, animated film score, Op. 56  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  15. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Introduction  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  16. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Palace music  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  17. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball at the castle  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  18. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Ball  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  19. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): In the garden  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  20. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Military music  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  21. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Scene of the poisoning  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  22. The Great Citizen II, film score, Op. 55 (part lost): Funeral march  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  23. Sofia Perovskaya, film score, Op. 132 (2 numbers missing): Waltz  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  24. Pirogov, suite from the film score, Op. 76a (assembled by Atovmyan): Scherzo  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady
  25. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady  - Alexander Kerr
  26. Pirogov, suite from the film score, Op. 76a (assembled by Atovmyan): Finale  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Conor Brady

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