The Year 1917: Music in Turbulent Times | Deutsche Grammophon 4796969

The Year 1917: Music in Turbulent Times

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4796969

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 13th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Philippe Cassard (piano)
Julius Drake (piano)
Augustin Dumay (violin)
Monique Haas (piano)
Shlomo Mintz (violin)
Maria Joao Pires (piano)
Anna Prohaska (soprano)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Eric Schneider (piano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
English Bach Festival Chorus
English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
Goteborgs Symfoniker
London Philharmonic Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo

Conductors

Claudio Abbado
Leonard Bernstein
Pierre Boulez
Louis Fremaux
Neeme Jarvi
Lorin Maazel
Roger Norrington
Giuseppe Sinopoli
William Steinberg

Works

Bartok, Bela

The Wooden Prince (ballet in 1 act)
» Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Doll

Bridge, Frank

Cello Sonata in D minor, H125
» II Adagio ma non troppo - Molto allegro e agitato

Browne, William Dennis

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Debussy, Claude

Les soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon
Violin Sonata in G minor, L148
» I Allegro vivo

Eisler, Hanns

Hollywood Songbook
» Die Heimkehr
» Die letzte Elegie
» Panzerschlacht

Falla, Manuel de

El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)
» Dance of the miller's wife

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32
» V Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

Ives, Charles

In Flanders Fields, S277

Prokofiev, Sergei

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19
» I Andantino - Andante assai

Ravel, Maurice

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Respighi, Ottorino

Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P106
» La fontana di Trevi al meriggio

Satie, Erik

Parade

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.12 in D minor, op.112 'The Year 1917'

Stravinsky, Igor

Les Noces (The Wedding)
» Premier Tableau: 'La Tresse'

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.3 'Pastoral Symphony'
» II Lento moderato

Artists

Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Philippe Cassard (piano)
Julius Drake (piano)
Augustin Dumay (violin)
Monique Haas (piano)
Shlomo Mintz (violin)
Maria Joao Pires (piano)
Anna Prohaska (soprano)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Eric Schneider (piano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
English Bach Festival Chorus
English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
Goteborgs Symfoniker
London Philharmonic Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo

Conductors

Claudio Abbado
Leonard Bernstein
Pierre Boulez
Louis Fremaux
Neeme Jarvi
Lorin Maazel
Roger Norrington
Giuseppe Sinopoli
William Steinberg

About

1917 was a year of turbulence – both artistically and politically. It was the penultimate year of World War I, the year of the Russian Revolution, and a year that saw artistic and cultural changes take place.  This compilation explores the music inspired by the turbulent times at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each work tells part of the story of this pivotal year, for example:

Respighi’s Fountains of Rome was premiered in 1917 after Toscanini refused to conduct it the previous year after it had been programmed alongside music by Wagner;

Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin was completed in 1917.  Each movement is dedicated to a friend who had been killed in the war;

Satie’s Parade was a true collaboration across creative worlds: sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso, scenario by Jean Cocteau, music by Erik Satie, and danced by the Ballets Russes in 1917;

Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony no.12 “The Year 1917” was written in 1961 in the heart of Communist Russia.  It has been suggested that Shostakovich originally wrote a satire of Lenin but due to the potential danger had to recompose the piece at the last minute.

Newly written notes (in English, German and French) by Michael Stegemann, professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund, journalist and former pupil of Oliver Messiaen, explore the stories behind the music.

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