Shostakovich - Chamber Symphonies | Harmonia Mundi HMU907634

Shostakovich - Chamber Symphonies

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907634

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 18th May 2015

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The Dmitri Ensemble under Graham Ross performs Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos 1, 8 and 10, re-worked as thrilling Chamber Symphonies for string orchestra by his pupil and advocate, Rudolf Barshai. Written in Dresden 1960, Shostakovich was sent there to compose a film score but was overwhelmed by the aftermath of WWII bombings which he saw - the result was the 8th quartet.

Named after Dmitri Shostakovich, the Dmitri Ensemble is based around the central core of a string ensemble, with a special commitment to presenting both unjustly neglected and newly-penned works with an innovative approach to engaging concert programming. Under the direction of the co-founder and Principal Conductor Graham Ross, it has worked alongside living composers and has an increasingly diverse discography.

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