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Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies Opp. 73a & 83a (arr. Rudolf Barshai); Suite of Romanian Melodies; Russian Klezmer Dance / The Re:Orchestra

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 3)
>Nedea, Vasile : Turceasca si hora de la Goicea, folk dance arrangement for chamber orchestra
>Nedea, Vasile : Suite of Romanian Melodies, for chamber orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in D major, Op. 83a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 4)
>Nedea, Vasile : Russian Klezmer Dance, arrangement for chamber orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two "Chamber Symphonies" recorded here are in fact two of Dmitri Shostakovich's celebrated string quartets, orchestrated, with the composer's approval, by Rudolf Barshai, who as a member of the Borodin Quartet enjoyed a long collaboration with Shostakovich. A recurring element in Shostakovich's uvre is the use of "popular" music, such as themes reminiscent of the circus or cabaret and "Gypsy" tunes. It is also well known that Shostakovich was acquainted with, and deeply attracted to, Jewish folk music, which he described as "almost always laughter through tears" - a quality he found "close to my ideas of what music should be". The disc is part of a project called Essential Music initiated by the re:orchestra, a young and vibrant ensemble based in Rotterdam but with its members active in some of Europe's foremost orchestras. Together with its artistic director, the Mexican-Dutch conductor Roberto Beltrn-Zavala, the ensemble regularly undertakes multidisciplinary projects attracting a rocketing audience of young people. For the present disc, the multi-instrumentalist Vasile Nedea, with a Romani background, has arranged a Russian klezmer dance, a group of folk melodies from Transylvania and Muntenia and two Romanian dances: Turceasca and Hora de la Goicea.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
[the ensemble] is crisp, buoyant and nicely nuanced, particularly in the couplings.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
These are two of the Rudolf Barshai arrangements of Shostakovich quartets - in this case Quartets 3 and 4. (The first and most famous chamber symphony was an arrangement of Quartet 8, and there's another one based on Quartet 10 - all by Barshai.) A couple of folk dances are added to fill out this program (on the basis that Shostakovich was influenced by folk music - wow!). That also gives the musicians a chance to sound versa- tile and genre-bending - almost a requirement for such a group. These are decent performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Music Centre for Dutch Radio and Television, Studio (08/2014).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 3)
  • Conductor: Roberto Beltran-Zavala
  • Ensemble: The Re:Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nedea, Vasile : Turceasca si hora de la Goicea, folk dance arrangement for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Roberto Beltran-Zavala
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nedea, Vasile : Suite of Romanian Melodies, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Roberto Beltran-Zavala
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in D major, Op. 83a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 4)
  • Conductor: Roberto Beltran-Zavala
  • Running Time: 26 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nedea, Vasile : Russian Klezmer Dance, arrangement for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Roberto Beltran-Zavala
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary