Shostakovich - Incidental Music | Melodiya MELCD1002636

Shostakovich - Incidental Music

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002636

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 15th October 2021

Contents

Artists

Nikolai Stepanov (lap steel guitar)
Lyudmila Golub (organ)
Nina Romanova (mezzo-soprano)
Alexander Semyannikov (violin)
Alexander Shanin (violin)
Grigory Kemlin (violin)
Nikolai Mashkantsev (viola)
Sergei Mnozhin (cello)
Arnold Ferkelman (cello)
Vladimir Pushkarev (trumpet)
Viktoria Postnikova (piano)
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Leningrad Chamber Orchestra of Early and Modern Music
State Symphony Cinema Orchestra
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Eduard Serov
Emin Khachaturian
Nikolai Rabinovich

Works

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Golden Mountains: Suite, op.30a
Hamlet Suite, op.32a
Hamlet Suite, op.116a
King Lear: incidental music, op.58a
Podrugi (Girlfriends), op.41a: film music
» Preludes (12)
The Gadfly: Suite, op.97a
The Human Comedy: Theatre Music, op.37

Artists

Nikolai Stepanov (lap steel guitar)
Lyudmila Golub (organ)
Nina Romanova (mezzo-soprano)
Alexander Semyannikov (violin)
Alexander Shanin (violin)
Grigory Kemlin (violin)
Nikolai Mashkantsev (viola)
Sergei Mnozhin (cello)
Arnold Ferkelman (cello)
Vladimir Pushkarev (trumpet)
Viktoria Postnikova (piano)
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Leningrad Chamber Orchestra of Early and Modern Music
State Symphony Cinema Orchestra
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Eduard Serov
Emin Khachaturian
Nikolai Rabinovich

About

Firma Melodiya presents an album with Dmitri Shostakovich’s music for cinema and theatre.

Shostakovich wrote music for cinema and theatre all his life: almost 100 years have passed since the creation of his first soundtrack (and it was for a silent film!). In his young days Shostakovich worked as a pianist in movie theatres, but from the late 1920s he made a statement as an unconventional film composer who offered original solutions to directors’ problems.

The album features a suite from one of Shostakovich’s first sound films The Golden Mountains (1931), preludes from the music to the lyrical drama Girlfriends (1935), music to the films The Gadfly (1955-1956, the Romance from this film became one of the most popular concert encores) and Hamlet (1964). Grigory Kozintsev’s film based on Shakespeare’s tragedy received the prize for best music, was recognised in Great Britain as the best film version of the tragedy, received prestigious international awards, including the Venice Film Festival and the first All-Union Film Festival, was nominated for the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

The music to theatre productions is represented with the suite from the Vakhtangov Theatre’s Hamlet (1932, director Nikolai Akimov) and fragments from the score for The Human Comedy after Balzac (1934) and King Lear, the first joint work of Shostakovich and Kozintsev at the Bolshoi Drama Theatre of Leningrad on the eve of the war.

The music from the films and theatre performances is performed by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Emin Khachaturian, Nikolai Rabinovich and Eduard Serov.

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