Shostakovich & Barshai: Chamber Symphonies 1-5

Shostakovich & Barshai: Chamber Symphonies 1-5
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Artist Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Rudolf Barshai conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 8212
EAN code 5029365821223
Release January 2009

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About this release

Conductor Barshai is a well-known Shostakovich expert. His previous recordings for Brilliant Classics of the complete symphonies was received with great acclaim and won the Classical Award in Cannes some years ago.

Barshai is now also making a name for himself as an arranger of Shostakovich’s string quartets for chamber orchestra: the Kammersinfonien of Chamber symphonies. He started with the eighth quartet, Opus 110(a).

Together the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Barshai has recorded more of his very effective arrangements. The orchestra specializes in amongst others works by Shostakovich.

New and recent recordings shedding a different light on the string quartets no.’s 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 3 by Rudolph Barshai): I. Allegretto
  2. Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 3 by Rudolph Barshai): II. Moderato con moto
  3. Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 3 by Rudolph Barshai): III. Allegro non troppo
  4. Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 3 by Rudolph Barshai): IV. Adagio
  5. Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 3 by Rudolph Barshai): V. Moderato
  6. Chamber Symphony, Op. 83a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 4 by Rudolph Barshai): I. Allegro
  7. Chamber Symphony, Op. 83a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 4 by Rudolph Barshai): II. Andantino
  8. Chamber Symphony, Op. 83a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 4 by Rudolph Barshai): III. Allegretto
  9. Chamber Symphony, Op. 83a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 4 by Rudolph Barshai): IV. Allegretto

Disk 2

  1. Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a “Eine kleine Symphonie” (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 1 by Rudolph Barshai): I. Moderato
  2. Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a “Eine kleine Symphonie” (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 1 by Rudolph Barshai): II. Moderato
  3. Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a “Eine kleine Symphonie” (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 1 by Rudolph Barshai): III. Allegro molto
  4. Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a “Eine kleine Symphonie” (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 1 by Rudolph Barshai): IV. Allegro
  5. Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 by Rudolph Barshai): I. Largo
  6. Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 by Rudolph Barshai): II. Allegro molto
  7. Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 by Rudolph Barshai): III. Allegretto
  8. Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 by Rudolph Barshai): IV. Largo
  9. Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 8 by Rudolph Barshai): V. Largo
  10. Chamber Symphony, Op. 118a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 10 by Rudolph Barshai): I. Andante
  11. Chamber Symphony, Op. 118a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 10 by Rudolph Barshai): II. Allegretto furioso
  12. Chamber Symphony, Op. 118a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 10 by Rudolph Barshai): III. Adagio
  13. Chamber Symphony, Op. 118a (Arrangement of String Quartet No. 10 by Rudolph Barshai): IV. Allegretto