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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 2, October, Festive Overture / Ashkenazy


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436762   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nikita StorojevMikhail Kotliarov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraBrighton Festival ChorusNew London Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performance: *****/Sound: *****

Reception to Ashkenazy's Shostakovich cycle has so far been mixed. Why, one might ask, is Decca doubling up on repertoire recorded so successfully by Bernard Haitink for the same label only a decade before? But when the result is this good, there is room for both. Apart from the exuberant Festival Overture, which really fizzes, these works represent Shostakovich in his agitprop, social realist mood, complete with such choral injunctions as 'Arise, people of the great Soviet land, and do great deeds!' in his eulogy to the Soviet postwar forestry industry, The Song of the Forests. The tone poem October has the stature of a symphonic first movement in the style of Symphony No. 10. The most
Read more intriguing work, however, is the Second Symphony, which packs a lot into its 17 minutes, with complex modernism leading, by way of a blast on the factory whistle, into a choral hymn to 'October, the Commune and Lenin'. All are performed with panache -- the Royal Philharmonic hasn't sounded this uniformly good in ages, though the recordings date from 1989-92.

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music
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Works on This Recording

1.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USSR 
3.
Song of the forests, Op. 81 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nikita Storojev (Bass), Mikhail Kotliarov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus,  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
4.
October, Op. 131 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 

Sound Samples

Festive Overture, Op.96
October - Symphonic Poem, Op.131
Symphony No.2 in B major, Op.14 - "To October"
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 1. When the War was over
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 2. The Call rings through the Land
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 3. Memory of the Past
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 4. The Pioneers plant the Forest
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 5. The young Communists forge onwards
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 6. Walk into the Future
Song of the Forests - Oratorio, Op.81: 7. Glory

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