Shostakovich - The Gadfly: Complete Original Score | Naxos - Film Music Classics 8573747

Shostakovich - The Gadfly: Complete Original Score

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Label: Naxos - Film Music Classics

Cat No: 8573747

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Soundtrack

Release Date: 10th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Bachchor Mainz
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Conductor

Mark Fitz-Gerald

Works

Shostakovich, Dmitri

The Counterplan, op.33 (excerpts)
The Gadfly, op.97

Artists

Bachchor Mainz
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Conductor

Mark Fitz-Gerald

About

Set in mid-nineteenth-century Italy during a turbulent period of pre-Unification political unrest, The Gadfly drew from Shostakovich one of his most dazzling and popular film scores, heard hitherto on record only in a suite arranged and re-orchestrated by Levon Atovmian. This recording presents the full, original score for the first time, as closely as possible to Shostakovich’s original conception. Reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald from the original manuscript and the Russian film soundtrack, it calls for a large orchestra including church bells, an organ, two guitars and a mandolin, all excluded from the Atovmian suite.

The score of The Gadfly is based on the new DSCH New Collected Works edition, volume 138 (2017). It has been co-edited by Mark Fitz-Gerald who has contributed a note in the booklet regarding the important and complicated reconstruction necessary. He is also the conductor. The editorial work differentiates this recording from every other one of The Gadfly – which, in any case, has usually meant the Suite, op.97a, which is drawn from the score.

The excerpts from The Counterplan, which marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, include the infectious hit-tune The Song of the Counterplan. These three segments are all that has been published from The Counterplan.

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