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Shostakovich: Cheryomushki [DVD]

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Cheryomushki
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The 1963 film Cheryomushki (Cherry Town) sprang from the popular and commercial success that greeted Shostakovich’s tuneful homage to the Broadway musical. A gentle satire on the lives and aspirations of young Soviets, the story follows the on-off romances of three young couples, as they battle bureaucracy, petty corruption and bizarre complications to acquire apartments in the sought-after ‘Cherry Town’ – a new showcase estate in suburban Moscow. With all the colour and charm of a Hollywood musical, the film features a wonderful studio soundtrack and irresistible song and dance sequences.

A DVD which will appeal as much to lovers of musicals as to those interested in this remarkable Russian composer.

Bonus features include a Shostakovich Chronology and extracts from two complementary Decca DVDs - Shostakovich's Katerina Izmailova (the reworking of his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), and the Shostakovich Against Stalin documentary.

First ever release on any home cinema format.

NTSC Region 0, Color, 87 mins.

Notes & Reviews:

Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Country of Origin: USA


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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Cheryomushki
  • Performers: Grigori Bortnikov (Voice); Marina Khotuntseva (Voice); Vasili Merkuyev (Voice); Marina Polbentseva (Voice); Vladimir Vasilyev (Voice); Olga Zabotkina (Voice); Vladimir Zemlyanikin (Voice); Svetlana Zhivankova (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nikolai Rabinovich
  • Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 87 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958