- From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
- Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
The fifth volume in Delos' series of recordings dedicated to the songs of Shostakovich masterminded by series pianist Yury Serov is as absolutely essential for anyone who loves the music of Shostakovich. On this disc, Serov has programmed two of the composers' greatest song cycles: "From Jewish Folk Poetry" and "Suite to Words by Michelangelo Buonarroti." For vocalists, Serov has wisely chosen to retain bass Fyodor Kuznetsov from the previous issues for the "Michelangelo" songs, but daringly recruited a new trio of singers for the Jewish songs. While Kuznetsov has heavy competition in the "Michelangelo" songs, including the premiere recording by Nesterenko and the more recent recording by Fischer-Dieskau, he acquits himself with enormous dignity and passionate intensity. The trio of soprano Svetlana Sumatchova, mezzo soprano Miranna Tarassova, and tenor Konstantin Pluzhinikov acquits itself with equal intensity, if not quite with as much dignity but then with perhaps even more terror. Delos' sound is dry and close but honest. Anyone who loves the music of Shostakovich will love this disc, just like he/she would love the four previous discs in this series.