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Shostakovich: Symphony No 15; Mussorgsky / Solti, Chicago So


Release Date: 05/11/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458919   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichModest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording serves as the valedictory statement of Sir Georg Solti. Recorded some months before the great maestro's death, the disc features Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony no. 15. Russian works fill out the program with the prelude to Mussorgsky's opera 'Khovanshchina' and his song cycle, 'Songs and Dances of Death.'
Written in a time of ill health, the Symphony no. 15 serves as the composer's farewell to the form. Shostakovich's symphony is laced with savage irony. The opening Allegretto movement contains trumpet calls, extensive percussion, and quotes from Rossini's Overture to 'William Tell.' A funereal Largo comprises the second movement, and it's one of the composer's most inspired creations. More satire is found in the third
Read more movement Allegretto, and the Symphony is capped by quotations from Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' in the finale.
Mussorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death' are sung by bass Sergei Aleksashkin in the striking Shostakovich orchestration. Solti and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra are superb throughout. The orchestra masters Shostakovich's quirky rhythms, with the percussion section especially outstanding. This is a fitting memorial to one of the century's great composers and conductors. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 40 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Songs and dances of death by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dmitri Shostakovich 
3.
Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 

Sound Samples

Khovanshchina - Compl. & Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov: Prelude
Songs and Dances of Death - Orch. D. Shostakovitch: 1. Lullaby: "Kalybel'naja"
Songs and Dances of Death - Orch. D. Shostakovitch: 2. Serenade
Songs and Dances of Death - Orch. D. Shostakovitch: 3. Trepak
Songs and Dances of Death - Orch. D. Shostakovitch: 4. The Field Marshal: "Palkavodets"
Symphony No.15, Op.141: 1. Allegretto
Symphony No.15, Op.141: 2. Adagio - Largo - Adagio - Largo
Symphony No.15, Op.141: 3. Allegretto
Symphony No.15, Op.141: 4. Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto

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