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Shostakovich: Russian Romances / Nina Fomina, soprano

Audio Samples

  1. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 1. Plach ob umershem mladentse (The Lament for the Dead Child) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 2. Zabotlivye mama i tyotya (The Thoughtful Mother and Aunt) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 4. Pered dolgoy razlukoy (Before a Long Parting) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 5. Predosterezheniye (A Warning) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 6. Broshenniy otets (The Abandoned Father) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 7. Pesnya o nuzhde (The Song of Misery) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 8. Zima (Winter) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79: No. 11. Schastye (Happiness) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": I. Istina (Truth) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": II. Utro (Morning) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": IV. Razluka (Separation) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": V. Gnev (Wrath) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": VI. Dante - VII. Izgnanniku (To the Exiled) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": VIII. Tvorchestvo (Artistry) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": IX. Noch (Night) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo": XI. Bessmertie (Eternity) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. 4 Romances, Op. 46: No. 1. Renaissance $0.99 on iTunes
  18. 4 Romances, Op. 46: No. 2. Weeping Bitterly, a Jealous Maid Reproached a Young Man $0.99 on iTunes
  19. 4 Romances, Op. 46: No. 3. Anticipation $0.99 on iTunes
  20. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 1. My Verses $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 2. Whence All This Tenderness? $0.99 on iTunes
  22. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 3. Dialogue between Hamlet and His Conscience $0.99 on iTunes
  23. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 4. The Poet and The Czar $0.99 on iTunes
  24. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 5. No, The Drum Did Beat $0.99 on iTunes
  25. 6 Verses, Op. 143: No. 6. To Anna Akhmatova $0.99 on iTunes
  26. 6 Romances, Op. 62: No. 1. Sir Walter Raleigh To His Sonne $0.99 on iTunes
  27. 6 Romances, Op. 62: No. 2. Oh Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast $0.99 on iTunes
  28. 6 Romances, Op. 62: No. 4. Jenny $0.99 on iTunes
  29. 6 Romances, Op. 62: No. 5. Sonnet No. 66 by W. Shakespeare $0.99 on iTunes
  30. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 1. Love $0.99 on iTunes
  31. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 2. Before the Suicide $0.99 on iTunes
  32. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 3. An Immodest Glance $0.99 on iTunes
  33. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 4. The First and the Last Time $0.99 on iTunes
  34. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 5. Hopeless Love $0.99 on iTunes
  35. 6 Romances, Op. 21: No. 6. Death $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya (A girl, sobbing bitterly), Op. 46/2
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) on verses by Japanese poets, for tenor & orchestra, Op. 21
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Notes & Reviews:

For a composer of vocal music in a totalitarian state such as the former Soviet Union, the very choice of poet was itself a declaration of commitment which - quite apart from the content - was linked to the life of the writer and above all his ideological evaluation by the Party. In his song-cycles, Shostakovich, a virtuoso in eloquent rhetoric behind the facade of beating the drum for Communism, made masterly use of the symbolic resonances of names such as Pushkin who hated the Tsars, or the Futurist Alexander Blok, or Shakespeare's timeless critique of power, or the Jewish culture that was so brutally suppressed after the War.

MusicWeb International
this is a set of some very fine music making indeed. The Michelangelo Suite I would place as one of this composer's half-dozen finest works and thereby a piece that should be in the collection of every admirer of Shostakovich. Michail Jurowski impresses by his concentrated control as do the Cologne players who immerse themselves wholly in the demanding and often austere world of these song-cycles. ... hear this movingly confessional music in these very fine performances especially since the set is being sold at a twofer mid-price point.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
  • Performer: Nina Fomina (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (05/22/1995-05/27/1995)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
  • Performer: Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (02/21/1996-02/23/1996)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1974

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya (A girl, sobbing bitterly), Op. 46/2
  • Performer: Anatoly Kotcherga (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)
  • Performer: Stanislaw Sulejmanow
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: WDR Köln, Studio Stolberger Straáe (06/17/1994-06/19/1994)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942-1971

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Songs (6) on verses by Japanese poets, for tenor & orchestra, Op. 21
  • Performer: Wladimir Kasatschuk
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Notes: Philharmonie (05/22/1995-05/27/1995)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1928-1932