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Post by stenka razin » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:55 am

Between Shostakovich's powerful and very emotional 8th Symphony and his majestic and brilliant 10th Symphony, S composed a very light hearted, witty and brilliant Haydnesque 9th Symphony in 1945. The Soviet's were expecting something as awe inspiring as Prokofiev's titanic 5th Symphony as a tribute the to the end of WW 2. But what S gave the world is an ironic and 'disrespectful' score that the Soviet authorities despised. It now turns out that S, wrote a fragment lasting about 6 and half minutes and intended to be part of his 9th Symphony. I accidentally came across this serious, mature and very powerful 'Symphonic Movement' after I had heard 70 odd minutes of S' film scores on the same CD prefacing the last item on the disc. My jaw dropped as I was deeply impressed by this new S piece which was hidden for over 60 years. If you love S as much I do, you will run not walk to your PC or nearest CD outlet and get this inexpensive new Naxos CD for the 'Symphonic Movement' as soon as possible. Yes, this is a rave review. The three note motto pounded away is mature S of the best kind. Listen and be impressed fellow CMGers with this brand new Naxos release and be saddened that S never got to write what would have been a long, powerful and recognizable S score. :D :D :D :D


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Post by piston » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:21 am

Some rare stuff on this CD!
"Rule Britannia" is from music for a play by A. Piotrovsky, composed in 1931, six movements.
"Salute to Spain" is also from music for a play by A. Afinogerov, composed in 1936, five movements. Any prior recording other than the two movements recorded as piano music?
"Girl Friends" is a score numbered op. 41a derived from the film music for "The Youth of Maxim," op. 41.
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Post by Donaldopato » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:20 am

I checked this out on Naxos Music Library. The Symphonic Movement is indeed engaging with echoes of the more dramatic sections of the 8th. The 3 motto "Stenka" mentioned, is relentless and driving, I can imagine Shostakovich putting it through its paces as the movement progressed. From the liner notes, this fragment just stopped in mid stream this has been fitted with a very short ending to make it whole.

As much as Shostakovich's 9th (as it was realized) is one of the most courageous and brilliant protests in all of music, this first attempt sounds as if it would have continued in the vein of the 7th and 8th and prefigured the 10th.

Thanks Mel for your recommendation. I didn't take the time to listen to the rest of the disc, but shall when I have some time!
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:41 am

Shostakovich is full of surprises, some very pleasant ones, too! This Naxos disc is one that I will soon have. Thank you for the recommendation, Mel.
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Post by maskedman » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:39 pm

stenka razin wrote:Between Shostakovich's powerful and very emotional 8th Symphony and his majestic and brilliant 10th Symphony, S composed a very light hearted, witty and brilliant Haydnesque 9th Symphony in 1945. The Soviet's were expecting something as awe inspiring as Prokofiev's titanic 5th Symphony as a tribute the to the end of WW 2. But what S gave the world is an ironic and 'disrespectful' score that the Soviet authorities despised. It now turns out that S, wrote a fragment lasting about 6 and half minutes and intended to be part of his 9th Symphony. I accidentally came across this serious, mature and very powerful 'Symphonic Movement' after I had heard 70 odd minutes of S' film scores on the same CD prefacing the last item on the disc. My jaw dropped as I was deeply impressed by this new S piece which was hidden for over 60 years. If you love S as much I do, you will run not walk to your PC or nearest CD outlet and get this inexpensive new Naxos CD for the 'Symphonic Movement' as soon as possible. Yes, this is a rave review. The three note motto pounded away is mature S of the best kind. Listen and be impressed fellow CMGers with this brand new Naxos release and be saddened that S never got to write what would have been a long, powerful and recognizable S score. :D :D :D :D

What can you tell us about the other pieces?

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Post by stenka razin » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:52 am

maskedman wrote:
stenka razin wrote:Between Shostakovich's powerful and very emotional 8th Symphony and his majestic and brilliant 10th Symphony, S composed a very light hearted, witty and brilliant Haydnesque 9th Symphony in 1945. The Soviet's were expecting something as awe inspiring as Prokofiev's titanic 5th Symphony as a tribute the to the end of WW 2. But what S gave the world is an ironic and 'disrespectful' score that the Soviet authorities despised. It now turns out that S, wrote a fragment lasting about 6 and half minutes and intended to be part of his 9th Symphony. I accidentally came across this serious, mature and very powerful 'Symphonic Movement' after I had heard 70 odd minutes of S' film scores on the same CD prefacing the last item on the disc. My jaw dropped as I was deeply impressed by this new S piece which was hidden for over 60 years. If you love S as much I do, you will run not walk to your PC or nearest CD outlet and get this inexpensive new Naxos CD for the 'Symphonic Movement' as soon as possible. Yes, this is a rave review. The three note motto pounded away is mature S of the best kind. Listen and be impressed fellow CMGers with this brand new Naxos release and be saddened that S never got to write what would have been a long, powerful and recognizable S score. :D :D :D :D

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Robert, This treasure trove of Shostakovich rarities presents four world première recordings.

The music for the film The Girlfriends, newly reconstructed from various original sources including the 1934 soundtrack and a number of recently discovered Preludes, and the scores for the stage productions of Salute to Spain and Rule, Britannia!, come from one of the most fertile and brilliant periods of the composer’s creative life and are almost completely unknown.

The unfinished symphonic movement from 1945, that had lain hidden for more than half a century, turns out to be Shostakovich’s first idea for his Ninth Symphony.

Described by DSCH Journal as “one of the indispensable Shostakovich interpreters of our time”, Mark Fitz-Gerald adds to his highly acclaimed reconstruction of Shostakovich’s music for the ‘sound-silent’ film Odna (Alone).

Podrugi (Girl Friends), Op. 41a (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald)
1. Introduction (opening credits) - 03:04
2. The Year 1914: The workers' residential block and factory gates - 02:08
3. The families wait for the strikers to return - 03:38
4. The Inn of the Keys to Happiness - 02:26
5. The children attempt to sing their poppy song (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 02:55
6. By the river: Revolutionary song Zamuchen tiazheloi nevolei (Tormented by a Lack of Freedom) (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 00:51
7. Fanfare (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 00:27
8. The story of Silych's son, Ivan - 02:15
9. Zamuchen tiazheloi nevolei (Tormented by a Lack of Freedom) (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 05:12
10. The Year 1919, Russian Civil War - Fanfare and Organ Voluntary (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:36
11. Internationale: The girls leave for war (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 02:03
12. The girls attend to the wounded soldiers on the battlefield (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:47
13. Alla Marcia: The town of Pushkin has been taken by the enemy (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:09
14. Internationale: The girls and the wounded soldiers retreat by train - 01:45
15. Zoya in the snowy forest (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:47
16. The Forester's Hut - 02:51
17. Fanfare: Andrei arrives with news from the front (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 00:29
18. Fanfare (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 00:45
19. The girls find a chicken - 01:56
20. Natasha and Zoya sing a nostalgic song, Gde eti tyoplie nochi (Where are those warm nights?) (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:48
21. Natasha and Zoya are rescued (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:41
22. Fanfare: Andrei and Senka arrive (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 00:40
23. Andrei's closing words - 03:11

Prav', Britaniya (Rule, Britannia), Op. 28
24. Internationale - 01:43
25. Infantry March - 01:50
26. Along the Soviet Route - 01:07
27. Protest (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 02:28
28. Raising the Banner - 00:36
29. The Banners Flap in the Wind - 01:00

Salyut, Ispaniya (Salute to Spain), Op. 44
30. Fanfare I - 00:15
31. March of the Officers - 01:36
32. Fanfare II - 00:09
33. Anon.: A las barricadas! (To the Barricades!) (arranged by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:16
34. Song of Rosita - 02:35
35. Fanfare III - 00:13
36. attrib. I. S. Aturov: Po dolinam i po vzgor'yam (Along the valleys and over the hills) (arranged by M. Fitz-Gerald) - 01:07
37. Reminiscence of the Song of Rosita - 00:56
38. Lucia's Funeral March - 02:42

Symphonic Fragment (1st version of Symphony no. 9)
39. Symphonic Fragment (1st version of Symphony no. 9) - 06:42
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Post by maskedman » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:34 pm

Thank you for this thorough review and high recommendation

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Post by Modernistfan » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:38 am

I'll need to get this ASAP. I am a HUGE Shostakovich fan, and I would listen to a setting of the Nizhny-Novgorod telephone book if Shostakovich composed it.

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:11 pm

I just picked (up) Gergiev's Nose...will report tomorrow... :D
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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:21 pm

Speaking of unlikely Schostakovich, I like his jazz music. It doesn't even sound Russian!
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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:46 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Speaking of unlikely Schostakovich, I like his jazz music. It doesn't even sound Russian!
Especially, Tahiti Trot, with it's Tea for Two motif... :D
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Post by Sylph » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:54 pm

I hate jazz. Detest with a passion.

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:16 pm

Sylph wrote:I hate jazz. Detest with a passion.
That's because you don't understand it...I like it up to a point, maybe 1962 at most, and then it goes all wacky, there is some great stuff from 1927-1958 that you are missing out on...Sean likes jazz a lot...
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Post by Sylph » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:17 pm

Chalkperson wrote: That's because you don't understand it...
Yeah. Right. That must be it. :mrgreen:

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Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:39 pm

Sylph wrote:
Chalkperson wrote: That's because you don't understand it...
Yeah. Right. That must be it. :mrgreen:
I don't understand a whole chunk of it either... :lol:
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:32 am

Sylph wrote:I hate jazz. Detest with a passion.
Okay. You probably shouldn't listen to it then.
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Post by maskedman » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:43 am

Sylph wrote:I hate jazz. Detest with a passion.
Thems mighty strong words partner....Your missing some great music.....Can you tell me what you are basing your hatred on... 8)


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Post by nut-job » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:55 am

stenka razin wrote:Between Shostakovich's powerful and very emotional 8th Symphony and his majestic and brilliant 10th Symphony, S composed a very light hearted, witty and brilliant Haydnesque 9th Symphony in 1945. The Soviet's were expecting something as awe inspiring as Prokofiev's titanic 5th Symphony as a tribute the to the end of WW 2. But what S gave the world is an ironic and 'disrespectful' score that the Soviet authorities despised. It now turns out that S, wrote a fragment lasting about 6 and half minutes and intended to be part of his 9th Symphony. I accidentally came across this serious, mature and very powerful 'Symphonic Movement' after I had heard 70 odd minutes of S' film scores on the same CD prefacing the last item on the disc. My jaw dropped as I was deeply impressed by this new S piece which was hidden for over 60 years. If you love S as much I do, you will run not walk to your PC or nearest CD outlet and get this inexpensive new Naxos CD for the 'Symphonic Movement' as soon as possible. Yes, this is a rave review. The three note motto pounded away is mature S of the best kind. Listen and be impressed fellow CMGers with this brand new Naxos release and be saddened that S never got to write what would have been a long, powerful and recognizable S score. :D :D :D :D
Being a bit melodramatic, aren't we? Shostakovitch toyed with including a "dark" movement in his ironic 9th symphony but evidently wasn't pleased with his efforts and put it aside. Yet you have it "hidden" because Shostakovitch "never got to write" it. I'm curious to hear it, but I can't imagine a discarded sketch will change anyones view of Shostakovitch, as you seem to imply. :D

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Post by stenka razin » Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:34 pm

nut-job wrote:
stenka razin wrote:Between Shostakovich's powerful and very emotional 8th Symphony and his majestic and brilliant 10th Symphony, S composed a very light hearted, witty and brilliant Haydnesque 9th Symphony in 1945. The Soviet's were expecting something as awe inspiring as Prokofiev's titanic 5th Symphony as a tribute the to the end of WW 2. But what S gave the world is an ironic and 'disrespectful' score that the Soviet authorities despised. It now turns out that S, wrote a fragment lasting about 6 and half minutes and intended to be part of his 9th Symphony. I accidentally came across this serious, mature and very powerful 'Symphonic Movement' after I had heard 70 odd minutes of S' film scores on the same CD prefacing the last item on the disc. My jaw dropped as I was deeply impressed by this new S piece which was hidden for over 60 years. If you love S as much I do, you will run not walk to your PC or nearest CD outlet and get this inexpensive new Naxos CD for the 'Symphonic Movement' as soon as possible. Yes, this is a rave review. The three note motto pounded away is mature S of the best kind. Listen and be impressed fellow CMGers with this brand new Naxos release and be saddened that S never got to write what would have been a long, powerful and recognizable S score. :D :D :D :D
Being a bit melodramatic, aren't we? Shostakovitch toyed with including a "dark" movement in his ironic 9th symphony but evidently wasn't pleased with his efforts and put it aside. Yet you have it "hidden" because Shostakovitch "never got to write" it. I'm curious to hear it, but I can't imagine a discarded sketch will change anyones view of Shostakovitch, as you seem to imply. :D
nut-job, Mrs S had the Symphonic Movement in her possesion till she let it be heard only recently for the first time. That is 'hiding' and by the way, I am not implying anything. Dmitri is one of the greatest 20th century composers and the short 6 minute piece is a taste of what might have been. If you listen to it, you will quickly realize that the 9th Symphony would have sounded nothing like the zippy and sarcastic 9th Symphony that he did write, mate. 8)
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Post by LSAmadeus » Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:23 am

Hmmm I'm still quite new to DSCH but this sounds intriguing,and on Naxos too,which means its affordable!(how do Naxos do it? How do they manage to produce budget yet quality releases?)
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Post by stenka razin » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:38 am

LSAmadeus wrote:Hmmm I'm still quite new to DSCH but this sounds intriguing,and on Naxos too,which means its affordable!(how do Naxos do it? How do they manage to produce budget yet quality releases?)
Welcome, LSAmadeus to this wonderful and friendly forum, mate. You will love it here. 8)
Naxos pays one lump sum up front for each recording they produce. There are no royalties and almost all Naxos titles sell about 20,000 copies each world wide. That is how Naxos does it. What a great company and what amazing monthly goodies they issue for all of us to enjoy. :D :D :D
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stenka razin wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:Hmmm I'm still quite new to DSCH but this sounds intriguing,and on Naxos too,which means its affordable!(how do Naxos do it? How do they manage to produce budget yet quality releases?)
Welcome, LSAmadeus to this wonderful and friendly forum, mate. You will love it here. 8)
Naxos pays one lump sum up front for each recording they produce. There are no royalties and almost all Naxos titles sell about 20,000 copies each world wide. That is how Naxos does it. What a great company and what amazing monthly goodies they issue for all of us to enjoy. :D :D :D
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No royalties? You mean the artists dont get paid by Naxos when they record?
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Post by stenka razin » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:02 am

LSAmadeus wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:Hmmm I'm still quite new to DSCH but this sounds intriguing,and on Naxos too,which means its affordable!(how do Naxos do it? How do they manage to produce budget yet quality releases?)
Welcome, LSAmadeus to this wonderful and friendly forum, mate. You will love it here. 8)
Naxos pays one lump sum up front for each recording they produce. There are no royalties and almost all Naxos titles sell about 20,000 copies each world wide. That is how Naxos does it. What a great company and what amazing monthly goodies they issue for all of us to enjoy. :D :D :D
Spacibo Stenka!

No royalties? You mean the artists dont get paid by Naxos when they record?
Yes, they do get paid but there are no royalties after the initial payment. That is it. All other money derived from sales go to Naxos directly and only Naxos,not the artists involved, mate. 8)
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Post by LSAmadeus » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:12 am

stenka razin wrote:

Yes, they do get paid but there are no royalties after the initial payment. That is it. All other money derived from sales go to Naxos directly and only Naxos,not the artists involved, mate. 8)
Well I'm sure the artists make enough money elsewhere eh ;)
Btw that name,Stenka razin is familiar from somewhere. Shostakovich,Prokofiev?
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Post by stenka razin » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:13 am

LSAmadeus wrote:
stenka razin wrote:

Yes, they do get paid but there are no royalties after the initial payment. That is it. All other money derived from sales go to Naxos directly and only Naxos,not the artists involved, mate. 8)
Well I'm sure the artists make enough money elsewhere eh ;)
Btw that name,Stenka razin is familiar from somewhere. Shostakovich,Prokofiev?
Glazunov wrote an exciting Symphonic Poem, entitled 'Stenka Razin', based on the exploits of the great Cossack leader with the same name, mate.
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P.S. Shostakovich wrote 'The Execution of Stenka Razin'. A work vastly different from the melodious Glazunov piece.
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Post by LSAmadeus » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:45 am

Ah Glazunov,another composer I've yet to try! Can you recommend a starting point? (Instrumental music as I don't like opera)
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LSAmadeus wrote:Ah Glazunov,another composer I've yet to try! Can you recommend a starting point? (Instrumental music as I don't like opera)
Any of the Symphonies and The Seasons by Jose Serebrier, The Violin Concerto by Nikolaj Znaider or Julia Fischer, The Ballet Raymonda by Evgeny Svetlanov...
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stenka razin wrote:
nut-job wrote:Being a bit melodramatic, aren't we? Shostakovitch toyed with including a "dark" movement in his ironic 9th symphony but evidently wasn't pleased with his efforts and put it aside. Yet you have it "hidden" because Shostakovitch "never got to write" it. I'm curious to hear it, but I can't imagine a discarded sketch will change anyones view of Shostakovitch, as you seem to imply. :D
nut-job, Mrs S had the Symphonic Movement in her possesion till she let it be heard only recently for the first time. That is 'hiding' and by the way, I am not implying anything. Dmitri is one of the greatest 20th century composers and the short 6 minute piece is a taste of what might have been. If you listen to it, you will quickly realize that the 9th Symphony would have sounded nothing like the zippy and sarcastic 9th Symphony that he did write, mate. 8)
Was curious enough to listen to the ninth again. I don't find it so zippy, there are quite a few dark moments in in, particularly in the second movement. I'm not sure how the movement would have fit in, which explains, I suppose, why Shostakovitch discarded it.

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Post by stenka razin » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:04 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:Ah Glazunov,another composer I've yet to try! Can you recommend a starting point? (Instrumental music as I don't like opera)
Any of the Symphonies and The Seasons by Jose Serebrier, The Violin Concerto by Nikolaj Znaider or Julia Fischer, The Ballet Raymonda by Evgeny Svetlanov...
chalkie, you gave an answer I agree with completely. Thank you, mate. 8)
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Post by stenka razin » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:11 pm

nut-job wrote:
stenka razin wrote:
nut-job wrote:Being a bit melodramatic, aren't we? Shostakovitch toyed with including a "dark" movement in his ironic 9th symphony but evidently wasn't pleased with his efforts and put it aside. Yet you have it "hidden" because Shostakovitch "never got to write" it. I'm curious to hear it, but I can't imagine a discarded sketch will change anyones view of Shostakovitch, as you seem to imply. :D
nut-job, Mrs S had the Symphonic Movement in her possesion till she let it be heard only recently for the first time. That is 'hiding' and by the way, I am not implying anything. Dmitri is one of the greatest 20th century composers and the short 6 minute piece is a taste of what might have been. If you listen to it, you will quickly realize that the 9th Symphony would have sounded nothing like the zippy and sarcastic 9th Symphony that he did write, mate. 8)
Was curious enough to listen to the ninth again. I don't find it so zippy, there are quite a few dark moments in in, particularly in the second movement. I'm not sure how the movement would have fit in, which explains, I suppose, why Shostakovitch discarded it.
Nut-job, S discarded this symphonic movment fragment, because he did NOT want to praise Stalin with a long dramatic Symphony. He wanted to thumb his nose at the dictator and this 'zippy' ironic Symphony was the reslt and Dmitri wound up in the Soviet doghouse, because of it, mate.
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Post by LSAmadeus » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:45 pm

I watched a documentary on Stalin the other day,what a horrible man. Three cheers for Shostakovich!
Chalkie thanks for the recommendations. I heard a Performance of the 4 seasons the other day on Sky Arts 2 with Fischer. Man she's amazing!
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Re: So You Think You Know Your Shostakovich..Think Again, CMGers

Post by Chalkperson » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:32 pm

LSAmadeus wrote:I watched a documentary on Stalin the other day,what a horrible man. Three cheers for Shostakovich!
Chalkie thanks for the recommendations. I heard a Performance of the 4 seasons the other day on Sky Arts 2 with Fischer. Man she's amazing!
Try and get a hold of SHOSTAKOVICH AGAINST STALIN "The War Symphonies" it examines Shosty's Symphonies 7+8+9 and interviews people who lived thru the Siege of Leningrad and some who knew Shostakovich, Gergiev Conducts the Music and it's an excellent documentary...

http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Agai ... 401&sr=1-1
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Post by LSAmadeus » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:37 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:I watched a documentary on Stalin the other day,what a horrible man. Three cheers for Shostakovich!
Chalkie thanks for the recommendations. I heard a Performance of the 4 seasons the other day on Sky Arts 2 with Fischer. Man she's amazing!
Try and get a hold of SHOSTAKOVICH AGAINST STALIN "The War Symphonies" it examines Shosty's Symphonies 7+8+9 and interviews people who lived thru the Siege of Leningrad and some who knew Shostakovich, Gergiev Conducts the Music and it's an excellent documentary...

http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Agai ... 401&sr=1-1
Hmmm.
This program I watched was about the secret airplane technologies that the russians were developing at the time. They were not allowed to see the light thanks to Stalin who believe force not technology would win battles and didn't trust his scientists. So much so that he kept his top boffins in a prison factory. Many others were simply shot. He was a crazy man!
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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:04 pm

LSAmadeus wrote:This program I watched was about the secret airplane technologies that the russians were developing at the time. They were not allowed to see the light thanks to Stalin who believe force not technology would win battles and didn't trust his scientists. So much so that he kept his top boffins in a prison factory. Many others were simply shot. He was a crazy man!
Many words can be used to comment on Stalin, Luddite is one of them... :wink:
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