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Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin; Zoya Suite / Shenyang, Mari Palo, Tuomas Katajala

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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Zoya (Who Is She?), suite from the film score, Op. 64a (assembled by Atovmyan)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Finnish Themes, for soprano, tenor & chamber ensemble

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Zoya (Who Is She?), suite from the film score, Op. 64a (assembled by Atovmyan)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Finnish Themes, for soprano, tenor & chamber ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ondine presents a couple of dramatic works by Dmitri Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin and the Zoya Suite. Winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Shenyang embodies a 21st century bridge between the cultures of East and West. Recent highlights include a return to the New York Metropolitan, and debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Bavarian State Opera.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
For anyone who grew up , as I did, with the raw energy of Kondrashin on Melodiya in 1965, the sheer refinement and shapeliness of Ashkenazy's recording may take some getting used to. In this case, however, the gains easily outweigh any losses - the music simply feels more musical this way.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The soloist here is Shenyang, a young Chinese bass-baritone with an excellent grasp on the part and a more "international" sound than Vitaly Gromadsky, Kondrashin's bass. Kondrashin's chorus is more traditionally Russian, too. This Ashkenazy recording acquits itself well and has the advantage of modern sonics. In the end, while I'd like to hear the Schwarz recording Mr Hansen recommended, I'm quite happy with this sumptuous, polished, and expressive performance. The singers in the Finnish Suite do quite well - the soprano especially has a lighter voice that suits the folk-classical hybrid perfectly. Notes are in English and Finnish; the Razin text is in transliterated Russian and English, the songs in Finnish and English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (03/22/2013-03/23/2013).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
  • Performer: Shenyang (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Ensemble: State Choir Latvija
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (03/22/2013-03/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1964

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Zoya (Who Is She?), suite from the film score, Op. 64a (assembled by Atovmyan)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (03/22/2013-03/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Finnish Themes, for soprano, tenor & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Mari Palo (Soprano); Tuomas Katajala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (03/22/2013-03/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939