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Shostakovich: Symphonies No 10 & 13 / Previn, London So


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73368   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dimiter Petkov
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

Imported from : ARGENTINA   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shostakovich always had a knack for irritating the Soviet regime. Yet it seems that the bad luck he had of being a composer working under an authoritarian regime paradoxically brought out the best in him. But Shostakovich was also complex individual and in this CD we are treated to some of his most emotional music.
Certainly the Tenth Symphony is one of his supreme achievements and happens to be one of his works that, if not quite pleasing the authorities because of its unrelenting bleak tone, it has stood the test of time. No doubt the forbidding, drum-spitting Allegro, which is given an appropriately frenzied yet stately performance by Previn, did much to make the authorities take notice.
But it was the Thirteenth Symphony of 1962
Read more that alarmed Krushchev and the Communist Party such that the piece was quickly removed from the repertoire after a handful of performances. Essentially a symphonic song cycle for baritone and orchestra, it was the first movement and Yevtushenko's poems, specifically the first movement--which accused the Communist regime of anti-Semitism--that brought down the wrath of the authorities. Dimiter Petkov is in fine form here for a work that is alternately stark and sardonic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 52 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
2.
Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dimiter Petkov (Bass)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1979 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 62 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93: I. Moderato
Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93: II. Allegro
Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93: III. Allegretto - Largo - Più mosso
Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93: IV. Andante - Allegro - L'istesso tempo
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (words by Yevtushenko) (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Babi Yar
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (words by Yevtushenko) (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Humour
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (words by Yevtushenko) (1999 Digital Remaster): III. In the store
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (words by Yevtushenko) (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Fears
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (words by Yevtushenko) (1999 Digital Remaster): V. A career

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