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Shostakovich Transcriptions By Feigin, Fortunatow, Fraser

Shostakovich / Fruewirth / Chernyavska
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Delta Classics   Catalog #: 90076   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichGrigory Feigin
Performer:  Milana ChernyavskaDavid Fruhwirth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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SHOSTAKOVICH The Gadfly: Romance (arr. Fraser). 8 Concert Pieces (arr. Feighin). Reminiscence on Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (arr. Feighin). 8 Album Pieces (arr. Fortunatov) David Frühwirth (vn); Milana Chernyavska (pn) DELTA 90 076 (63:33)


Violinist Read more David Frühwirth and pianist Milana Chernyavska have undertaken the task of remedying the lack of works by Shostakovich for violin and piano, arranging what they bill as transcriptions of pieces from his ballets and operas into what they deem a coherent whole, with Grigorij Feighin’s substantial Reminiscence on Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at its center.


The program opens and closes with the Romance from The Gadfly , the opening arrangement of it by Donald Fraser and the closing one by Konstantin Fortunatov. These transcriptions of Shostakovich’s ballet music prove to be very accessible, both melodically and harmonically—and violinistically as well. Frühwirth plays with a rich, nuanced tone and a supple approach to this kind of music. The program continues with eight arrangements by Feighin, the first of the sprightly “Diva’s Dance” and then the cocky Adagio from The Golden Age . The duo plays suggestively in “Once upon a Time in Geneva” from the same ballet. The “Appearance of the Soviet Football Team,” also from The Golden Age , sounds appropriately spiky. The duo downshifts for “Kozelkov’s Dance” from The Bolt ; and they impart a tarantella-like swirl to the opening of “The Moving Gathering of the Classes with a Certain Degree of Falsehood,” and pass through the almost otherworldly-sounding central section before biting sharply into the energetic ending. They hint at nostalgia in the Waltz from The Limpid Stream and play with a similarly haunting sense of longing in the Promenade from The Golden Age . This first outer portion of the program comes to an end with the Romance from The Limpid Stream , a more kittenish (turning tigerish) romp than Romance.


Christoph Schlüren’s notes describe Feighin’s 23-odd-minute Reminiscence as a “symphonic synthesis.” It’s no Carmen Fantasy , to be sure, turning now dark and now bitter, though hardly as pessimistic overall as the late violin sonata. In it, the violinist and pianist become equal partners, if they haven’t been so far, and Chernyavska plays alternately with steely strength and haunting introspection.


The closing part of the program begins with Fortunatov’s arrangement of the Romance from The Limpid Stream (only 35 seconds long, compared to Feighin’s 1:50) and continues with jaunty brief arrangements by the same violinist of “Barrel Organ,” “The Wound-Up Doll,” and “Little March” before settling into the melodious—and longer—“Dance, Scherzando.” The Elegy from Shostakovich’s incidental music to Honoré de Balzac’s La comédie humaine trips along in the duo’s performance. The moving “Spring Waltz” from the composer’s music to the movie Michurin leads to the final bookend, Fortunatov’s arrangement of the Romance from The Gadfly , which Frühwirth plays with glowing tone.


This program may not supplement the violin sonata in the repertoire (what would have David Oistrakh have thought of it?), but it’s an hour of pleasant music, some of it highly reflective and all of it worthwhile, well and at times movingly played and vividly recorded. Warmly recommended.


FANFARE: Robert Maxham
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Works on This Recording

1. Gadfly, Op. 97: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. The Golden Age: Diva's Dance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. The Golden Age: Once upon in Time in Geneva by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. The Golden Age: Appearance of the Soviet football team by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5. The Bolt: Kozelkov's Dance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1930-1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. The Golden Age: The moving gathering of the classes with a certain degree of falsehood by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7. The Limpid Stream: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1935 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8. The Golden Age: Promenade. Visiting the shop windows by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. The Limpid Stream: Romance. Meeting between two friends by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1935 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10. Reminiscence on Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, paraphrase for violin & piano (after Shostakov by Grigory Feigin
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11. A Child's Exercise Book: [March] Romance. Meeting between two friends by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1945 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 0 Minutes 35 Secs. 
12. The Limpid Stream: Barrel Organ by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1935 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13. A Child's Exercise Book: The wound-up doll [Clockwork Doll] by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1945 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
14. Dance of the Dolls: [Dance] Small march by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1952 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15. The Human Comedy: [Elegy] Dance. Scherzando by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1933-1934 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16. Michurin: Elegy (from the incidental music to Balzacs' La comédie humaine) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  David Fruhwirth (Violin), Milana Chernyavska (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1948 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17. The Limpid Stream: Spring waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Milana Chernyavska (Piano), David Fruhwirth (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934-1935 
Date of Recording: 11/2010 
Venue:  Innsbruck, Landesstudio des ORF 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 

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