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Shostakovich: The Golden Age / Serebrier, et al

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> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Intermezzo, "Everybody amuses oneself in one's own way"
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Dance of the Western Komsomol Girl and 4 Sportsmen
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Sports Contests - Joint Sports Dance
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Scene and Exit of the Soviet Team
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III: Entr'acte, "Tea for Two"
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Chechotka, "Shoe Shine of the Highest Grade"
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Tango
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Polka, "Once upon a Time in Geneva" - Polka, "Angel of Peace"
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: The Touching Coalition of the Classes, slightly fraudulent
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Entrance of Diva and the Fascist - Their Dance
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Can-can
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Prelude
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Scene of the Freeing of the Prisoners
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Total Unveiling of the Conspiracy - The Bourgeoisie in Panic
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Final Dance of Solidarity
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: General Confusion - The Embarrassment of the Fascists
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: A Rare Case of Mass Hysteria
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Conversation between the Director of the Exhibition and the Fascist
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Foxtrot … foxtrot … foxtrot
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 3, A Street in the Same City: Mime of the Agents Provocateurs, Provocation and Arrest: Galop
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Procession of the Workers to the Stadium - Dance of the Young Pioneers - Sports Games
> Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22 - Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Football March

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Age of Gold, Op. 22
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The three full-length ballet scores that Dmitry Shostakovich wrote between 1925 and 1935 remain among his least known works. 'The Golden Age' revolves around the visit of a Soviet football team to a Western city (referred to as "U-town") at the time on an industrial exhibition, only for its heroic sporting and social endeavors constantly to be undermined by hostile administrators, decadent artistes and corrupt officials. Even before its premiere Shostakovich had prepared a suite, including the famous 'Polka', which barely hints at the dissonant harmonies and intricate contrapuntal designs to be found elsewhere in the ballet. This recording is the first to present the work complete with all repeats observed, enabling listeners to assess the ballet in all its exhilarating and, at times, anarchic intensity.

Lancette Arts Journal
On this 2-CD set of Shostakovich's ballet, Serebrier proves that he has a perfect understanding of the composer's intend. It is a powerful presentation by a well-co÷rdinated orchestra that responds well to the dramatic concept of the ballet music. At the same time, it frees the music from the confines of the Soviet-style story, which to us would not be very appealing; it lets the music live on its own. To listen to this recording, no visuals are required. One can sense the mood of the work, which is sometimes satirical, mocking, and at the same time we sense the composer's appreciation of newly discovered music while living outside the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Of course, he returned, and premiered the work in 1930 at the State Academy Theater in Leningrad.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Age of Gold, Op. 22
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/23/2006-05/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 81 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1929-1930