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Shostakovich: Symphony No 8, Etc / Vakhtang Jordania, Et Al


Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Angelok   Catalog #: 9932   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two sides of Shostakovich on one disc ñ the serious, profound symphony, and the buoyant, slapdash overture. Amazingly, the Symphony No.8, one of the composerís largest works, was written in only two months, and completed in the heat of wartime on September 5, 1943. The great conductor Yevgeni Mravinsky visited Shostakovich prior to the workís completion and insisted he would give its first performance, which occurred on November 4th of that year in Moscow. In light of the workís current reputation as one of Shostakovichís major works in this form, the piece was received with general indifference by the public and hostility by the critics; it was soon dropped from the active repertoire and it would take at least another twenty years Read more before it could be reevaluated. Now it is considered one of his masterpieces, an indictment of the toll the war was taking on Russia and the world in general. It is in five movements, with the remaining three played without interruption. The third movement, a headstrong Allegro non troppo, has become justifiably famous on and off record as a stunning showpiece for the orchestra, much the way the demonic scherzo of the Tenth Symphony would be in the next decade. In total contrast is the breezy Festive Overture, a work written almost at the last minute for the 37th anniversary of the 1917 October revolution in 1954. With its zany energy and tunefulness the work easily bears comparison to his earlier Ballet Suites and film scores (the work would be right at home in a Russian version of the Keystone Kops). The Georgian-born Vakhtang Jordania has achieved fame both in Europe and the United States for his exciting and authoritative approach to the mainstream repertoire as well as unusual East European scores. His previous releases in the Shostakovich series on Angelok are Symphonies 1 and 12 (ANG9916); Symphony No. 7 (ANG9915) and Symphony No.11 (ANG9903). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 

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