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Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies (arr. Rudolf Barshai) / The Dmitri Ensemble; Graham Ross

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C major, Op. 49a ("Eine kleine Symphonie," arr. by Barshai from String Quartet N
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ten years after its début performance of the Chamber Symphony Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich (after whom the group is named), The Dmitri Ensemble under Graham Ross performs the composer's String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 10, reworked as thrilling Chamber Symphonies for string orchestra by his pupil and advocate, Rudolf Barshai.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
The rendition as a whole is nothing if not fresh and finely poised, the band's relatively modest forces placed in generous acoustic (St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood) without loss of clarity or focus. Indeed, the results are superb ... Recommended.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
The Dmitri Ensemble... [show] evident discipline and commitment... [they] succeed in making Barshai's scored version sound alert rather than listless.

Financial Times, 30th May 2015
The music speaks on a public scale with first-rate performances by the ensemble.

MusicWeb International, 18th August 2015
Shostakovich's music and Rudolf Barshai's very understanding re-imagining of it is expertly served in these superb performances, both in the technical sense and emotionally ... Graham Ross and his expert colleagues make a wonderful case for these works and their outstanding performances have been captured in very fine recorded sound, produced and engineered by John Rutter.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London (04/2014).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
  • Performer: Jamie Campbell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C major, Op. 49a ("Eine kleine Symphonie," arr. by Barshai from String Quartet N
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Ensemble: Dmitri Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern