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Shostakovich: Execution of Stepan Razin / Schwarz, et al

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : October, symphonic poem, Op. 131
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Fragments (5), for small orchestra, Op. 42
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The many releases marking what would have been Dmitri Shostakovich's 100th birthday included such winners as a vintage DG DVD of Leonard Bernstein leading the Vienna Philharmonic in the Sixth Symphony. But this vividly performed Naxos CD comes up trumps for its rarities, headed by "The Execution of Stepan Razin," a half-hour cantata that channels the age-old Russian-ness of Mussorgsky into a veiled protest against lingering repression in the post-Stalin age. The symphonic poem "October" is like a roller-coaster ride in the dark, while "Five Fragments" comprise dry runs for the Fourth Symphony, introspective and acerbic by turns." -Newark Star-Ledger

Enjoy the Music
The music is full of excitement and color, one of Shostakovitch's most unashamedly Romantic scores... These tense, aphoristic pieces - alternately spiky and dreamlike - are haunting... very detailed and involving... this disc would... be highly recommended.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Execution of Stepan Razin, cantata, for bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 119
  • Performer: Charles Austin (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 28 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1964

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : October, symphonic poem, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1967.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1967

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Fragments (5), for small orchestra, Op. 42
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935