SHOSTAKOVICH: Film Music, Vol. 3- Hamlet, The Unforgettable Year 1919, 5 Days - 5 Nights, The Young Guard

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Released during the 100th anniversary year of Shostakovich's birth, this generously compiled programme contains some rarely heard yet wonderful characteristic repertoire, including the pungent and dramatic Suite from 'Hamlet' and the Suite from 'Five Days and Five Nights'. Many of the film scores featured here take the feelings of struggle and attack felt by the people of the Soviet Union as their theme. One of these scores is for 'The Young Guard', based on Alexander Fadeyev's 1945 novel, and represents Shostakovich's only collaboration with the director Gerasimov. This is the only available recording of the haunting, yet beautiful score.

The condemnation that Shostakovich experienced during the 1940s left him dependent on producing populist works and these years proved to be one of his most intensive periods of work for the cinema. 'The Unforgettable Year 1919' is a Stalinist study, and shows Stalin's military and political leadership through the Civil War. For the battle scene, Shostakovich strangely decided to write a Rachmaninovian piano concertino, 'The Assault on Krasnaya Gorka', which is simply gorgeous, and here superbly performed by Martin Roscoe. 'Hamlet' was the composer's penultimate film score and, despite his deteriorating health, is one of the greatest scores Shostakovich composed, in or out of the cinema.

This is the final volume in an outstanding series, in which the BBC Philharmonic has consistently maintained the highest of standards.

\The Chandos issue will appeal to film music buffs and Shostakovich completists but it deserves to reach a wider audience given the flair and dynamism of the music-making and the high quotient of tunes. As I observed last time round, Sinaisky is always right inside the idiom, just the man for the job".
Item number CHAN 10361
Barcode 095115136126
Release date 07/01/2006
Category 20th Century
Label Chandos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Roscoe, Martin
Composers Shostakovich, Dmitry
Conductors Sinaisky, Vassily
Orchestras BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
The Young Guard Suite, Op. 75a (arr. L. Atovmyan)
1 I. Introduction
2 II. Ball at the Palace
3 III. The Ghost
4 V. Scene of the Poisoning
5 VI. Arrival and Scene of the Players
6 VII. Ophelia
7 VIII. Duel and Death of Hamlet
8 The Unforgettable Year 1919, Op. 89: The Assault o
9 I. Introduction
10 II. Dresden in Ruins
11 III. Liberated Dresden
12 IV. Interlude
13 V. Finale
14 II. By the River
15 IV. Turbulent Night
16 V. Song of the Young Guardsman
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