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Shostakovich: Katerina Izmailova

Shostakovich / Andreyeva / Izmailova / Provatorov
Release Date: 03/05/2013 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002050   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Dantchenko Music Theatre
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is hard to name another opera with a fate as complicated and dramatic as that of Katerina Izmailova! In the early 1930s, Shostakovich came up with the idea of composing an opera based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, perhaps the cruelest work in Russian classical literature. Finished in 1932, the opera shocked some conservative spectators but the majority welcomed it as the first really new word in Soviet and European music theatre. For two years, it was triumphantly staged in many theaters in the USSR and abroad. However, the opera was condemned after Stalin saw it, and was banned from the stage. This also resulted in the composer withdrawing his 4th Symphony until many years later. The ban was finally lifted Read more in the early 1960s, when Shostakovich realized the second edition of the opera under the name Katerina Izmailova. Now, Melodiya presents the first recording of Shostakovich’s opera, made at the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in 1964, soon after the premiere of the second edition. Read less

Works on This Recording

Katerina Izmaylova, Op. 114 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Dantchenko Music Theatre
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 

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