SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphonies Barshai

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ALFRED SCHNITTKE

Prelude
in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich
für Violine und Tonband
for violin and tape
+ Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies
Symphonie No. 15 (Arr.)
Gidon Kremer
Int. Release 10 Mar. 2005
2 CDs / Download
0289 477 5442 8 2 CDs DDD GTA2
THE RELAUNCH: With an attractive graphic revamp and a mouthwatering list of ten new titles, DG's 2-CD series is back with a vengeance!


Track List

CD 1: Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Chamber Symphony, Op.110a

orch. Barshai

Symphony for Strings Op.118A (orch. Barshai)

Chamber Symphony Op.83A (orch. Barshai)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Rudolf Barshai

Total Playing Time 1:15:15

CD 2: Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonies

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Symphony for Strings and Woodwinds Op.73A (orch. Barshai)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Rudolf Barshai

Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998)
Prelude in Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich

6.
0:00
4:57

Gidon Kremer

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Symphony No.15, Op.141

Arr. Viktor Derevianko (with the participation of Mark Pekarsky)

Gidon Kremer, Clemens Hagen, Vadin Sakarov, Peter Sadlo, Edgar Guggeis, Michael Gaertner

Total Playing Time 1:19:59

Two reissues in DG's two-CD series merit attention. One collates the 1989/91 recordings Rudolf Bashai made, with the Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, of his Shostakovich quartet arrangements. String-orchestra versions of Nos. 8 and 10 are no more than expertly crafted renderings of essentially private music; but that of No. 3 tellingly points up the work's symphonic aspirations and No. 4 provocatively brings out its harmonic and rhythmic grounding in Jewish sources. What makes the reissue indispensable is Viktor Derevianko's chamber transcription of the Fifteenth Symphony, made soon after the 1972 premiere and exposing its often skeletal 'through-line' to unnerving effect. Gidon Kremer directs Kremerata Musica in this 1995 account, with Schnittke's Prelude in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich a pungent makeweight. Essential listening.