Shostakovitch: Romances

Shostakovitch: Romances
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Artist Peter Gluboky bass
Natalia Rassudova piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9222
EAN code 5029365922227
Release October 2011

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About this release

Famed today as one of the 20th century’s great symphonists, and the composer of one of the greatest cycles of string quartets, the songs of Shostakovich have been somewhat overshadowed. However he was a prolific composer of songs, setting not only Russian texts but poems by British and Japanese poets. His songs spanned his entire creative life from his Op. 4 of 1922 to the Op. 146 cycle of 1975 included on this disc.

The earliest songs here date from 1936, and show how the young composer has abandoned his highly energetic and satirical style in favour of a more profound and lyrical one, which he would develop and perfect in works such as the 5th Symphony of 1937.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1994.
- Although the title “Romances” suggest idyllic meandering melodies, Shostakovich constructs several layers of emotions as expressed by the poetry, from innocent beauty to irony and deep despair.
- Performed with profound understanding by Russian forces.
- Booklet notes included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46: Rebirth
  2. Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46: Sobbing Bitterly
  3. Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46: Foreboding
  4. Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46: Stanzas
  5. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: To His Son (Walter Raleigh)
  6. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: In the Fields in Snow and Rain (Robert Burns)
  7. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: Macpherson before His Execution (Robert Burns)
  8. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: Jenny (Robert Burns)
  9. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: Sonnet LXVI (William Shakespeare)
  10. Six Romances on Verses by British Poets, Op. 62: The King Goes to War (popular nursery rhyme)
  11. Four Monologues on Verses by Pushkin, Op. 91: Fragment
  12. Four Monologues on Verses by Pushkin, Op. 91: What Does My Name Mean to You?
  13. Four Monologues on Verses by Pushkin, Op. 91: In the Depths of Siberian Mines
  14. Four Monologues on Verses by Pushkin, Op. 91: Farewell
  15. Five Romances on Texts from ‘Krokodil’, Op. 121: Manual Demonstration
  16. Five Romances on Texts from ‘Krokodil’, Op. 121: A Difficult Request
  17. Five Romances on Texts from ‘Krokodil’, Op. 121: A Reasonable Attitude
  18. Five Romances on Texts from ‘Krokodil’, Op. 121: Irinka and the Cowherd
  19. Five Romances on Texts from ‘Krokodil’, Op. 121: Excessive Enthusiasm
  20. Four Verses by Captain Lebyadkin, Op. 146, on texts from Dostoevsky’s novel The Devils: Captain Lebyadkin’s Love
  21. Four Verses by Captain Lebyadkin, Op. 146, on texts from Dostoevsky’s novel The Devils: The Cockroach
  22. Four Verses by Captain Lebyadkin, Op. 146, on texts from Dostoevsky’s novel The Devils: The Ball for the Benefit of Governesses
  23. Four Verses by Captain Lebyadkin, Op. 146, on texts from Dostoevsky’s novel The Devils: A Pure Soul