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Schubert: Death and the Maiden - Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony / LSO String Ensemble


Release Date: 03/11/2016 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertDmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Roman Simovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 s
Read 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

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Roman Simovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged by Gustav Mahler for String Orchestra 
2.
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Roman Simovic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: Arranged by Rudolf Barshai for String Orchestra 

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