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Shostakovich: Words of Michelangelo / Noseda, et al

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & orchestra, Op. 145a (orchestration of Op 145)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : October, symphonic poem, Op. 131
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Notes & Reviews:

"Abdrazakov deals better with monumental declamations than he does with the lighter love-recitatives: there's still some way to go with the finish of the phrases, and his rich bass instrument sometimes needs focusing to hit the notes spot-on. But the full agony of the songs about Dante and death touches something deeper." -David Nice, BBC Music

BBC Music Magazine
It's certainly time we heard more of the young Petersburg-trained bass Ildar Abdrazakov. ... the full agony of the songs about Dante and death touches something deeper. Gianandrea Noseda's BBC Philharmonic set up the necessary atmospheres, whether in apocalyptic trumpet duets, the fierce hammer-blows of 'Creativity' of the tender-mysterious string refrains of 'Night'.

Gramophone Magazine
Shostakovich's Michelangelo settings - reflections on love, death, creativity and immortality - are part of his magnificently bleak last will and testament. ... Abdrazakov's restraint brings its own rewards, allowing the songs to speak with social wisdom, the more so thanks to his fabulously steady tone, which remains rich and euphonious across the entire register and dynamic range. The BBC Philharmonic and their principal conductor accompany with refinement and well aimed attack. ...the Six Romances on verses by British poets... are characteristically caustic in tone. This is another full-blooded performance and finely judged recording...



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & orchestra, Op. 145a (orchestration of Op 145)
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (04/05/2005-04/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (04/05/2005-04/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942-1971

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : October, symphonic poem, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (04/05/2005-04/07/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1967