Monday, September 21, 2009

Shostakovich in America, The Centennial Concert - Lynn Harrell, New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel

Shostakovich in America, The Centennial Concert -
Lynn Harrell, New York Philharmonic, Maazel
Orchestral | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 360 MB
December 12, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG) | RapidShare

CD Content
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107
Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47

Lorin Maazel

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September [O.S. September 12] 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky's chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. His music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned. Yet he also received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of RSFSR. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular and well received.

After a period influenced by Prokofiev and Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music. Shostakovich's orchestration is clear, economical and well-projected.

Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His music for chamber ensembles includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet and two piano trios. For the piano he composed two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, and a substantial quantity of film music.


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