Shostakovich Film Series, Vol. 5 / Mnatasakanov

> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - I. Introduction: Moderato
> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - II. Waltz: Andante
> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - III. Fugue: Largo - Allegro
> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - IV. Intermezzo: Andante
> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - V. Funeral March: Largo
> Zlatiye gori (Golden mountains) Suite, Op. 30a - VI. Finale: Largo
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - I. Ouverture
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - II. Aufmarsch der Finsterlinge (The Procession of the Obscurantist)
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - III. Carousel
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - IV. Scene at the Bazaar
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - V. Balda's Dialogue
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - VI. The Priest's Daughter's Dream
> The Tale of the Priest and his Servant Balda Suite, Op. 36 - VII. Finale
> The Adventures of Korzinkina, Op. 59 - I. Overture
> The Adventures of Korzinkina, Op. 59 - II. March
> The Adventures of Korzinkina, Op. 59 - III. The Chase
> The Adventures of Korzinkina, Op. 59 - IV. Music at the restaurant
> The Adventures of Korzinkina, Op. 59 - V. Finale: [Yanya]
> Glupiy mishonok (The Silly Little Mouse), Op. 56 - Glupiy mishonok (The Silly Little Mouse), Op. 56

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Golden Hills (The Golden Mountains; Happy Street), suite from the film score, Op. 30a
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Tale of the Priest and His Servant Balda, animated film score, Op. 36
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Adventures of Korzinkina (A Ticket to the Fifth Zone), film score, Op. 59 (part lost)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Silly Little Mouse, animated film score, Op. 56
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Notes & Reviews:

Following up on the success of its four Shostakovich Film Series re-releases in 2010, Delos is proud to present the fifth installment. The symphonic suite from Golden Hills, Shostakovich's first score for a sound film, contains the famous waltz as well as innovative scoring for pipe organ and orchestra. All three of the other works in this program demonstrate the composer's genius for comedic writing.

MusicWeb International
The organ is somewhat upfront, but the Delos recording is generally fine, offering wide dynamics and a decent soundstage. There's a real sense of being seated in a darkened auditorium, enchanted, this solo reminiscent of von Stroheim's Gothic musings in Sunset Boulevard or, perhaps, the accompaniment to Lugosi's Murders in the Rue Morgue.



Reviews

Shostakovich Film Music Vol.5
Shostakovich’s film scores (some 30 +) offer a fascinating study in contrasts. On the one hand, the so-called public, Soviet style of the composer is manifested by the countless waltzes, polkas, galops, quasi folk tunes and banal ditties. Then there are the quintessential, searing, elegiac largos, sardonic scherzos and propulsive allegros which recall some of the finest moments in the symphonies. There has certainly been no shortage of recordings devoted to this material. Most notably releases by Naxos, Chandos, Decca, Capriccio and Signum come to mind. Some years back RCA tried its hand with a distinguished series conducted by Jose Serebrier. This current release on Delos was originally released in the 1990’s on the Russian Disc label. Conductor, Walter Mnatsakanov and the Byelorussian Radio/TV Symphony State Cinematographic Orchestra turn in perfectly acceptable, idiomatic performances of suites drawn from 4 films. There are perhaps more polished and in a few instances, more comprehensive versions currently available. Nevertheless, the raw energy and verve exhibited by these forces is irresistible and well worth the ride. The wide ranging sonics occasionally tend toward coarseness in the tuttis but are otherwise quite good. Recommended.
Submitted on 04/29/11 by conway 
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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Golden Hills (The Golden Mountains; Happy Street), suite from the film score, Op. 30a
  • Conductor: Walter Mnatsakanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Tale of the Priest and His Servant Balda, animated film score, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Walter Mnatsakanov
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Adventures of Korzinkina (A Ticket to the Fifth Zone), film score, Op. 59 (part lost)
  • Conductor: Walter Mnatsakanov
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Silly Little Mouse, animated film score, Op. 56
  • Performers: Yevgenia Kazantseva (Spoken Vocals); Nina Tishina (Mezzo Soprano); Oleg Gordinets (Baritone); Russian Druzhina (Baritone); Sergei Schapov (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Walter Mnatsakanov
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939