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Shostakovich: Russian Romances / Nina Fomina, soprano

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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya (A girl, sobbing bitterly), Op. 46/2
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) on verses by Japanese poets, for tenor & orchestra, Op. 21

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya (A girl, sobbing bitterly), Op. 46/2
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) on verses by Japanese poets, for tenor & orchestra, Op. 21
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Notes & Reviews:

For a composer of vocal music in a totalitarian state such as the former Soviet Union, the very choice of poet was itself a declaration of commitment which - quite apart from the content - was linked to the life of the writer and above all his ideological evaluation by the Party. In his song-cycles, Shostakovich, a virtuoso in eloquent rhetoric behind the facade of beating the drum for Communism, made masterly use of the symbolic resonances of names such as Pushkin who hated the Tsars, or the Futurist Alexander Blok, or Shakespeare's timeless critique of power, or the Jewish culture that was so brutally suppressed after the War.

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this is a set of some very fine music making indeed. The Michelangelo Suite I would place as one of this composer's half-dozen finest works and thereby a piece that should be in the collection of every admirer of Shostakovich. Michail Jurowski impresses by his concentrated control as do the Cologne players who immerse themselves wholly in the demanding and often austere world of these song-cycles. ... hear this movingly confessional music in these very fine performances especially since the set is being sold at a twofer mid-price point.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
  • Performer: Nina Fomina (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (05/22/1995-05/27/1995)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
  • Performer: Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (02/21/1996-02/23/1996)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1974

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya (A girl, sobbing bitterly), Op. 46/2
  • Performer: Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
  • Performer: Stanislaw Sulejmanow
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942-1971

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) on verses by Japanese poets, for tenor & orchestra, Op. 21
  • Performer: Wladimir Kasatschuk
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (05/22/1995-05/27/1995)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1928-1932