Shostakovich: In the wake of World War II | Praga Digitals PRD250319

Shostakovich: In the wake of World War II

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: PRD250319

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Oistrakh Trio
Smetana Quartet
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Zdenek Kosler

Works

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, op.67
String Quartet no.3 in F major, op.73
Symphony no.9 in E flat major, op.70

Artists

Oistrakh Trio
Smetana Quartet
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Zdenek Kosler

About

In the spring of 1945 the intelligentsia in Russia and the rest of the world expected Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony to glorify Stalin’s victory with a hymn worthy of Beethoven’s. What emerged was a symphonic scherzo, more Rossini-like than majestic, except for the solemn brass call of the Largo. The symphony was preceded by a Piano Trio in memory of the great polyglot and intellectual Ivan Sollertinsky, who had lost favour with the Kremlin. It was followed by the String Quartet No.3, his awesome last diatribe against vice and violence, transcending his Eighth Symphony’s unavowed strains of imposition.

Live recordings:
Symphony No.9: Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 26/5/67
Piano Trio: Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 26/5/61
String Quartet: Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague 20/1/61

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