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During the Siege of Leningrad, which lasted from 1941 to 1944, Shostakovich was famously photographed in a fireman's outfit on the burning rooftops. But he also made (in three days!) a musical contribution to the defense of the city, arranging a series of songs - operatic arias, classical numbers and popular Soviet hits - for voices, violin and cello. The musicians then climbed into the back of a truck and were driven to the front, where they performed to the soldiers.
The songs are not of the 'Defend the Motherland at all costs' variety - instead, they are cheeky, folky, insouciant, and very Russian, intended to bring a ray of hope and humor to the cold and hungry troops.
Recording information: St Tikhon's Orthodox University, Moscow (2010-01-04&2010-02-24&2010-).
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Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Romances and Songs (27) for voice and piano (arr. of others songs for wartime use)
- Performers: Natalia Pavlova; Ayako Tanabe (Violin); Valery Masterov (Cello)
- Conductor: Nikolay Khondzinsky
- Ensemble: Soloists of the Russian Conservatory Chamber Capel
- Notes: St Tikhon's Orthodox University, Moscow (2010-01-04&2010-02-24&2010-)
- Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1941