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Shostakovich: Cantatas - The Execution of Stepan Razin; The Sun Shines Over Our Motherland; The Song of the Forests / Aleksei Tanovitski, bass; Kostiantin Andrejev, tenor

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Sun Shines on Our Motherland, cantata, for child chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 90
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Song of the Forests, oratorio, for tenor, bass, childrens chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 81
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following international acclaim, including Estonia's first Grammy Award for their Grieg, Sibelius, Tüür and Pärt recordings on Erato, the Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra turn to rarely-performed choral works by Dmitri Shostakovich: Song of the Forests Op. 81, The Sun Shines on our Motherland Op. 90, and The Execution of Stepan Razin Op. 119. The new release confirms Järvi's reputation as a conductor with a deep understanding for the music of Shostakovich, as well as a particular affinity for choral music, which has a strong tradition in his homeland. These cantatas have a particular significance in Estonia - a former Soviet Socialist Republic under Stalinist rule - where, according to Järvi, the orchestra's performance of the works was "scandalous."

Gramophone
JSrvi's evident belief in the music's quality is greatly responsible for the success of this recording, and he and his Estonian forces show that there is still much to enjoy in all three pieces, no matter how painful to Shostakovich the requirements of their composition may have been.

Sunday Times, 24th May 2015
JSrvi's Estonians perform with fervour and the Razin makes the issue worthwhile.

MusicWeb International, May 2015
Kondrashin has met his match at last, for this performance [of Razin] grabs the listener by the throat and never lets go...the Estonian orchestra play with a heady mix of precision and power that's utterly right for the piece; even in the score's quieter passages there's a thrum of electricity that you simply would not get in a studio...the playing, singing and sound are sensational.

Financial Times, 13th June 2015
By far the best is The Execution of Stepan Razin, a brutal denunciation of the Tsars (or perhaps all dictatorships?). The other two...are bombastic, singalong Communist anthems bludgeoned from a cowed composer under Stalin's watchful gaze. JSrvi and his Estonian forces, recorded live, give Shostakovich their all.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
Bass Alexei Tanovitski could be more nuanced, but there's no faulting the Estonians' open, searing sounds...Bright, open children's voices join authentic choral fervour and the engineering gives a superb, widescreen picture.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (04/18/2012-04/20/2012).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
  • Performers: Konstantin Andreyev; Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Ensemble: Narva Boys Choir
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1964
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Sun Shines on Our Motherland, cantata, for child chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 90
  • Performers: Konstantin Andreyev; Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1952
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Song of the Forests, oratorio, for tenor, bass, childrens chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 81
  • Performers: Konstantin Andreyev; Alexei Tanovitski
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Running Time: 35 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1949
  • Studio/Live: Live