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Dmitri Shostakovich: The Gadfly


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Set in mid-nineteenth-century Italy during a turbulent period of pre-Unification political unrest, The Gadfly drew from Shostakovich one of his most dazzling and popular film scores, heard hitherto on record only in a suite arranged and re-orchestrated by Levon Atovmian. This recording presents the full, original score for the first time, as closely as possible to Shostakovich’s original conception. Reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald from the original manuscript and the Russian film soundtrack, it calls for a large orchestra including church bells, an organ, two guitars and a mandolin, all excluded from the Atovmian suite. The excerpts from The Counterplan, which marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, include the infectious hit-tune The Song of the Counterplan. This is a world-premiere recording.
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Item number 8573747
Barcode 747313374779
Release date 10/11/2017
Category 20th Century
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Bachchor Mainz
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Composers Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductors Mark Fitz-Gerald
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