Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony op.73a, Symphony for Strings op.118a | Naxos 8573601

Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony op.73a, Symphony for Strings op.118a

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573601

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th April 2017



An eminent violist and conductor, Rudolf Barshai was responsible for five transcriptions of Shostakovich’s String Quartets and this recording completes the sequence with the Third and Tenth (Volume 1 is on 8573466). Barshai recast String Quartet No.3 as a chamber symphony for strings and woodwind, the latter adding a sense of foreboding to the texture and engaging in whimsical dialogues during a work full of terseness and piercing power. Fashioning a Symphony for Strings from the Tenth Quartet soon after its première, Barshai graphically charts its movement from innocence lost and then tentatively regained.

Conductor Dmitry Yablonsky is a much-admired recording artist for Naxos. His other Shostakovich recordings should be vigorously promoted – especially Symphony No.7 (8557256) – wrote of it: “This is a surprisingly fine performance of the Leningrad Symphony. Dmitry Yablonsky and his orchestra barely put a foot wrong… the closing pages in particular rarely have registered with such a simultaneous combination of sheer volume and musical transparency.”

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