The LSO String Ensemble, led by LSO leader Roman Simovic, gives magnificent performances of Schubert (arr Mahler) and Shostakovich.
Schubert s 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet, heard here in Gustav Mahler s stunning arrangement, is one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire. The piece gains its title from the second movement, which is a set of five variations based on the melody of one of Schubert s most poignant songs, Death and the Maiden, in which a girl struggles against the terror of impending death, that grisly man of bone , who casts himself as a welcome friend.
The Chamber Symphony in C minor is an arrangement for string orchestra of Shostakovich s String Quartet No 8, prepared with the composer sRead more approval by the violist, conductor, and founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai. The piece is full of quotations that hold a deeply personal significance, including a motif from Tchaikovsky s 'Pathétique' Symphony, and references to several of Shostakovich s own works. Most strikingly, Shostakovich s initials DSCH are embedded throughout the entire work, giving the piece an intensely personal musical fingerprint.
This performance was recorded live at the Barbican on 26 April 2015 as part of the LSO International Violin Festival. Read less
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110aby Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor:
London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
Period: 20th Century Written: 1960; USSR Notes: Arranged by Rudolf Barshai for String Orchestra