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Shostakovich: Orchestral Songs And Waltzes / Sanderling, Leiferkus, Et Al


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4776111   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic OrchestraMoscow Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Boris Tishchenko provides splendid orchestrations of three absolutely wonderful song cycles. Satires, originally composed for Galina Vishnevskaya, is a flat-out masterpiece, as much for Sasha Chorney's poems as for the music itself. Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin (from Dostoyevsky's The Devils) is one of the composer's very last works: dark, disturbing, and very quirky. The Five Romances of Words from "Krokodil" Magazine are both frightening and hilarious. Here, for example, is the entire text of the third song, "Discretion": "Although that hooligan Fedulov beat me up, I didn't report him to our wonderful police force. I decided that one beating was enough."
Read more Shostakovich's "Preface to the Complete Edition of My Works..." is one of the bitterest pieces of music ever written by anyone; biting and mercifully brief, the orchestration by Leonid Desyatnikov is equally apt.

The performances here are beyond criticism. Sergei Leiferkus sings with firm tone and a keen sense of the texts. Sanderling conducts with evident glee, and offers a major bonus in the form of the Eight Waltzes from film music. The piece from Golden Mountains features a surprising solo for slide guitar, and if you aren't familiar with Shostakovich's popular side then this music will open your eyes (and ears). Superb sonics, marvelous playing, and the uniqueness of the repertoire add up to an irresistible package for all Shostakovich collectors.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pirogov, Op. 76: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Verses (4) by Captain Lebyadkin, Op. 146 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3. Satires (5), Op. 109 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Boris Tishchenko. 
4. Songs (5) from the journal "Krokodil," Op. 121 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 9 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Boris Tishchenko. 
5. Preface to the Complete Edition of My Works and a Brief Reflection apropos of this Preface, Op. 123 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Leonid Desyatnikov. 
6. Return of Maxim, Op. 45: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Golden Hills, Op. 30: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8. Michurin, Op. 78: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9. Gadfly, Op. 97: Barrel-Organ Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10. The First Echelon, Op. 99: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11. Song of the great rivers, Op. 95 "Unity": Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12. Human Comedy, Op. 37: Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Mosc 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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