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Shostakovich: Concertos, Orchestra Suites, Chamber Symphonies


Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000676902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Ronald BrautigamPeter MasseursAlexander KerrNikita Storojev,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo ChaillyNeeme JärviRudolf BarshaiBernard Haitink,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraPhiladelphia OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Film Music
This is the third installment (after the "Dance" and "Jazz" Albums) in Ricardo Chailly's ongoing exploration of Dmitri Shostakovich's lighter side. One piece of advice that Shostakovich used to offer young composers was "Always keep working. If you aren't writing a big, serious piece, then write lighter music." No hypocrite regarding these suggestions, Shostakovich himself wrote a huge amount of lighter music, including some marvelous film scores. It's only in the past few years that most listeners have come to realize just how varied and interesting the great Russian composer's output actually is.
Read more With the gradual acceptance into the repertoire of his keyboard masterpiece, the 24 Preludes and Fugues, as well and his film, incidental, and ballet scores, it's clear that the standard of sheer craftsmanship, to say nothing of inspiration, that Shostakovich maintained over his career was nothing less than astonishing. Chailly and his forces play the pants off the music, so if you like movie music, Russian music in general, or Shostakovich in particular, this disc is just what you've been waiting for.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Piano Concerto no 2
"Cristina Ortiz gives a sparkling account of the jaunty first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2, and she also brings out the fun and wit of the finale, with fluent, finely pointed playing, not least in the delicious interpolated bars of 7/8. The central Andante, taken rather slower than usual, is both warm and refined, avoiding sentimentality in the haunting main theme, which here more than ever is like Rachmaninov slimmed down to the bare bones."

-- Gramophone

Jazz Suites
"The two Jazz Suites were composed in the 1930s, the First in response to a competition to "raise the level of Soviet jazz from popular cafe music to music with a professional status", the Second at the request of the then-newly formed State Orchestra for Jazz (!). The First will make you chuckle, but it is the Second (subtitled "Suite for Promenade Orchestra") that contains the best music, especially its achingly nostalgic Second Waltz. The instrumentation is light (saxophone and accordion add a touch of spice to a generally bland recipe), while the playing here is quite superb. In fact, there's little to be said about Chailly's direction other than it is good-humoured, affectionate and utterly professional; his Royal Concertgebouw players sound at home in every bar and the recording (Grotezaal, Concertgebouw) is both clean and ambient."

-- Robert Cowan, Gramophone

Chamber Symphonies
The dazzling virtuosity displayed on this disc by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe makes me wonder why such a fuss is sometimes made about the validity of orchestrations and transcriptions. The string quartets of Shostakovich undoubtedly contain some of his best music. Though often conceived on a symphonic scale, they were essentially written as private expressions of the composer's innermost feelings. Following the success of Rudolf Barshai's orchestration of Prokofiev's piano pieces Visions fugitives for his Moscow Chamber Orchestra, he asked Shostakovich to allow him to orchestrate his String Quartet No. 8. After the first performance, the composer was so impressed that he wrote to Barshai suggesting that he should orchestrate others of the quartets. Since then, Barsbai has worked on the Third and Fourth String Quartets with remarkable results. If the original quartets can be said to be in black and white, Barshai's Chamber Symphonies must be said to be in technicolor, enhancing the textures and giving the works a wider dynamic range. Never do the orchestrations sound contrived and at all times the works are irradiated by the: spirit of Shostakovich.

Barshai's credentials for the task are impeccable. First as the viola player in the string quartet that gave many of the quartets their premieres, later as a conductor, he was a loyal friend and supporter of the composer throughout many difficult years. The music of both of these works, which date from the late 1940s, must course through his veins. Both are sombre, almost bitter, works painting a portrait of a composer under siege, not knowing whom he can trust. For the most part, Shostakovich writes in a simple and direct style, though often he retreats behind a mask of sardonic, and sometimes macabre, humour. Every inflexion, every change of mood is subtly pointed by Barshai the conductor and the players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe respond magnificently.

-- Peter Marchbank, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Ronald Brautigam (Piano), Peter Masseurs (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1988 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 21 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 24 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Moskva, Cheremushki, Op. 105: Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 19 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This suite was prepared by Andrew Cornall based on Shostakovich's operetta. 
6.
Bolt Suite, Op. 27a "Ballet Suite no 5" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 21 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1934 
7.
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 31 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This suite is Lev Atovmyan's arrangement of Shostakovich's film score. 
8.
Counterplan, Op. 33: Presto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
9.
Counterplan, Op. 33: Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Kerr (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
10.
Counterplan, Op. 33: Song of the meeting by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
11.
Alone, Op. 26: Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; USSR 
12.
The Story of a Silly Little Mouse, Op. 56 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Andrew Cornall 
13.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Introduction by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
14.
Hamlet, Op. 116: In the Garden by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
15.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Ball at the palace by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
16.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Palace music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
17.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Ball by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
18.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Military music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
19.
Hamlet, Op. 116: Scene of the poisoning by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
20.
The great citizen, Op. 55: Funeral march by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; USSR 
21.
Sofiya Perovskaya, Op. 132: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
22.
Pirogov Suite, Op. 76a: Finale by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Levon Atovmian 
23.
Gadfly, Op. 97: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Alexander Kerr (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
24.
Pirogov Suite, Op. 76a: Scherzo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Levon Atovmian 
25.
Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's 1960 arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8. 
26.
Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's 1964 arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 10. 
27.
Chamber Symphony in D major, Op. 83a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1991 
Venue:  Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 26 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 4. 
28.
Hamlet: Suite, Op. 32a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 22 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Atovmyan 
29.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
30.
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes, Op. 115 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
31.
Song of the forests, Op. 81 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Nikita Storojev (Bass), Mikhail Kotliarov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus,  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
32.
Mournful-triumphant Prelude, Op. 130 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
33.
Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Siegfried Vogel (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1967 
Length: 31 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
34.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
35.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
36.
Fragments (5) for Orchestra, Op. 42 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USSR 
37.
Symphony for Strings and Woodwinds in F major, Op. 73a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 33 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This work is Rudolf Barshai's arrangement of Shostakovich's third
string quartet. 
38.
October, Op. 131 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
39.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/1988 
Venue:  London 
Length: 33 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This concerto was originally published in 1956 as Op. 99.
Composition written: USSR (1947 - 1955). 
40.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 31 Minutes 49 Secs. 
41.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
42.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Heinrich Schiff (Cello)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 

Sound Samples

Jazz Suite No.1: 1. Waltz
Jazz Suite No.1: 2. Polka
Jazz Suite No.1: 3. Foxtrot
Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35: 1. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35: 2. Lento
Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35: 3. Moderato
Piano Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings, Op.35: 4. Allegro con brio
Jazz Suite No.2: 1. March
Jazz Suite No.2: 2. Lyric Waltz
Jazz Suite No.2: 3. Dance I
Jazz Suite No.2: 4. Waltz I
Jazz Suite No.2: 5. Little Polka
Jazz Suite No.2: 6. Waltz II
Jazz Suite No.2: 7. Dance II
Jazz Suite No.2: 8. Finale
Tahiti Trot
Moscow-Cheryomushki, Op.105: 1. A spin through Moscow
Moscow-Cheryomushki, Op.105: 2. Waltz
Moscow-Cheryomushki, Op.105: 3. Dances (Polka - Galop)
Moscow-Cheryomushki, Op.105: 4. Ballet
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 1. Introduction
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 2. Polka
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 3. Variations
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 4. Tango
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 5. Intermezzo
The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op.27a: 6. Finale
The Gadfly, Op97: 1. Overture
The Gadfly, Op97: 2. The Cliff
The Gadfly, Op.97: 3. Youth (Romance)
The Gadfly, Op97: 7. The slap in the face
The Gadfly, Op97: 9. Barrel organ
The Gadfly, Op97: 13. Contredanse
The Gadfly, Op97: 14. Galop
The Gadfly, Op97: 16. The market place
The Gadfly, Op97: 17. Escape
The Gadfly, Op97: 18. Montanelli
The Gadfly, Op97: 19. Finale
The Gadfly, Op97: 20. The Austrians
The Gadfly, Op97: 23. Gemma's Room

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