Songs and Dances of Death - Mussorgsky, Shostakovich

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Poems of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145
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The spectre of death haunted both of these Russian masters. In the Songs and Dances of Death, Mussorgsky, using all of his formidable operatic craft, first sets the scene with music of keen dramatic and psychological insight. Facing his mortality and railing against an unjust Soviet society, Shostakovich chose to honor the 500th anniversary of the artist (and lesser-known as poet) Michelangelo by setting some of his verses to music, finding parallels with the corrupt Florentine society of the 16th century and the modern Soviet regime.



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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
  • Performers: Guenko Guechev (Bass Baritone); Susanna Lemberskaya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1875-1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Poems of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145
  • Performers: Guenko Guechev (Bass Baritone); Susanna Lemberskaya (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974
  • Studio/Live: Studio