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Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a & Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a / Yablonsky, Kiev Virtuosi


Release Date: 04/14/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573601  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kyiv Virtuosi
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An eminent violist and conductor, Rudolf Barshai was responsible for five transcriptions of Shostakovich's String Quartets and this recording completes the sequence with the Third and Tenth (Volume 1 is on 8573466). Barshai recast String Quartet No. 3 as a chamber symphony for strings and woodwind, the latter adding a sense of foreboding to the texture and engaging in whimsical dialogues during a work full of terseness and piercing power. Fashioning a Symphony for Strings from the Tenth Quartet soon after its premiere, Barshai graphically charts its movement from innocence lost and then tentatively regained. An eminent violist and conductor, Rudolf Barshai was responsible for five transcriptions of Shostakovich's String Quartets and this recording completes the sequence with the Third and Tenth (Volume 1 is on 8573466). Barshai recast String Quartet No. 3 as a chamber symphony for strings and woodwind, the latter adding a sense of foreboding to the texture and engaging in whimsical dialogues during a work full of terseness and piercing power. Fashioning a Symphony for Strings from the Tenth Quartet soon after its premiere, Barshai graphically charts its movement from innocence lost and then tentatively regained. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kyiv Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Notes: Arr. Rudolf Barshai "Chamber Symphony in F Major, Op. 73a" 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kyiv Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Notes: Arr. Rudolf Barshai "Symphony for Strings in A-Flat Major, Op. 118a" 

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