Dmitry Shostakovich: Music for Theatre

Dmitry Shostakovich: Music for Theatre

by Edward Serov

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Dmitry Shostakovich: Music for Theatre

Edward Serov, we hardly know you! A Russian conductor trained in Kiev, Serov was the assistant of the great Yevgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, the winner of the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin, and the longtime leader of the Odense Symphony of Denmark. In the West, Serov is best-known -- if he's known at all -- as the conductor of a superlative series of recordings of the symphonies of well-known Carl Nielsen and nearly unknown Ib Norholm. In those recordings, Serov showed himself to be as strong-willed an interpreter as Mravinsky or Karajan but with more warmth than the former and more humanity than the latter. For the lucky few who sought out Serov's recordings on the Danish Kontrapunkt label, this disc of Shostakovich's theater music with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra will be a welcome addition to their Edward Serov collection. While one might wish the works were more substantial -- for example, like the "Fifth" or "Tenth" symphonies -- one cannot wish for more unusual repertoire. There are a handful of recordings of Shostakovich's music for his 1932 "Hamlet" and his 1941 "King Lear," but Serov's performances achieve that unique blend of astringent irony, violent modernity, and passionate sentimentality that characterizes Shostakovich's best music of the period. There is, however, only one other recording of Shostakovich's music for his 1932 "Human Comedy," a rapidly aging Melodiya recording by Rozhdestvensky, and Serov's performance equals it in irony and modernity and surpasses it in sentimentality. Listen to the opening "View of Paris": all the beauty and glory of the city of light is in Serov's performance. Northern Flowers' 2000 sound is clean and clear, but a bit shallow.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2016
Label: Northern Flowers
UPC: 4607053326703
catalogNumber: 9905
Rank: 256936

Tracks

  1. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Introduction and Night Watch
  2. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): A Flourish and Dance Music
  3. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Chase
  4. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Actors' Pantomime
  5. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Ophelia's song
  6. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): A Lullaby
  7. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Requiem
  8. Hamlet, suite from the incidental music, Op. 32a (unrelated to film score): Fortinbras's Match
  9. The Human Comedy, incidental music, Op. 37 (part lost): View of Paris
  10. The Human Comedy, incidental music, Op. 37 (part lost): Police Office
  11. The Human Comedy, incidental music, Op. 37 (part lost): Gavotte
  12. The Human Comedy, incidental music, Op. 37 (part lost): Bank of the Seine
  13. The Human Comedy, incidental music, Op. 37 (part lost): March
  14. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: Return from the Chase
  15. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: At the Hut
  16. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: In Regan's Castle
  17. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: The Camp
  18. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: March
  19. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: Trumpets
  20. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a: Cordelia's Ballad

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