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Shostakovich: Songs for the Front / Arrangements of 27 Songs

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Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Romances and Songs (27) for voice and piano (arr. of others songs for wartime use)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Tikhon's Orthodox University, Moscow (2010-01-04&2010-02-24&2010-).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Romances and Songs (27) for voice and piano (arr. of others songs for wartime use)
  • Performers: Valery Masterov (Cello); Natalia Pavlova; Ayako Tanabe (Violin)
  • 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