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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)  

Dmitri Shostakovich

born: 25 September 1906
died: 9 August 1975
country: Russia

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After early piano lessons with his mother, Shostakovich enrolled at the Petrograd Conservatoire in 1919. He announced his Fifth Symphony of 1937 as ’a Soviet artist’s practical creative reply to just criticism’. A year before its premiere he had drawn a stinging attack from the official Soviet mouthpiece Pravda, in which Shostakovich’s initially successful opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District was condemned for its ’leftist bedlam’ and extreme modernism. With the Fifth Symphony came acclaim not only from the Russian audience, but also from musicians and critics over seas.

Shostakovich lived through the first months of the German siege of Leningrad serving as a member of the auxiliary fire service. In July he began work on the first three movements of his Seventh Symphony, completing the defiant finale after his evacuation in October and dedicating the score to the city. A microfilm copy was despatched by way of Teheran and an American warship to the USA, where it was broadcast by the NBC Symphony Orchestra and Toscanini. In 1943 Shostakovich completed his Eighth Symphony, its emotionally shattering music compared by one critic to Picasso’s Guernica.

In 1948 Shostakovich and other leading composers, Prokofiev among them, were forced by the Soviet cultural commissar, Andrei Zhdanov, to concede that their work represented ’most strikingly the formalistic perversions and anti-democratic tendencies in music’, a crippling blow to Shostakovich’s artistic freedom that was healed only after the death of Stalin in 1953. Shostakovich answered his critics later that year with the powerful Tenth Symphony, in which he portrays ’human emotions and passions’, rather than the collective dogma of Communism.

from notes by Andrew Stewart İ 2004

Albums
'Shostakovich & Schnittke: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67534)
Shostakovich & Schnittke: Cello Sonatas
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'Shostakovich & Shchedrin: Piano Concertos' (CDA30023)
Shostakovich & Shchedrin: Piano Concertos
Buy by post £8.50 CDA30023  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
'Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op 87' (CDA66441/3)
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op 87
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'Shostakovich: Music for viola and piano' (CDA67865)
Shostakovich: Music for viola and piano
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'Shostakovich: Piano Trios & Songs' (CDA67834)
Shostakovich: Piano Trios & Songs
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'Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1, Quintet & Trio No. 2' (CDA67158)
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1, Quintet & Trio No. 2
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'Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 10, 12 & 14' (CDA67156)
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 10, 12 & 14
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'Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 11, 13 & 15' (CDA67157)
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 11, 13 & 15
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'Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 2 & 3' (CDA67153)
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 2 & 3
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'Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 4, 6 & 8' (CDA67154)
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 4, 6 & 8
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'Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 5, 7 & 9' (CDA67155)
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 5, 7 & 9
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'Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets' (CDS44091/6)
Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets
CDS44091/6  6CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted  
'Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances, 24 Preludes & Piano Sonata No 2' (CDA66620)
Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances, 24 Preludes & Piano Sonata No 2
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'English Poets, Russian Romances' (CDA67274)
English Poets, Russian Romances
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 4' (CDA66605)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 4
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'Pushkin Romances' (CDA67773)
Pushkin Romances
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'Russian Songs' (CDA67355)
Russian Songs
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'Schnittke & Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67534)
Schnittke & Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas
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'Shchedrin & Shostakovich: Piano Concertos' (CDA30023)
Shchedrin & Shostakovich: Piano Concertos
Buy by post £8.50 CDA30023  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
HYP12  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
On other labels
'Shostakovich & Walton: Cello Concertos' (SIGCD220)
Shostakovich & Walton: Cello Concertos
SIGCD220  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Shostakovich: Cello Concerto; Britten: Cello Symphony' (SIGCD137)
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto; Britten: Cello Symphony
SIGCD137  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Shostakovich: Symphony No 5' (LSO0550)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
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'Shostakovich: Symphony No 5' (SIGCD135)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
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'Britten: Cello Symphony; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto' (SIGCD137)
Britten: Cello Symphony; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto
SIGCD137  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502  Download only  
'Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings' (APR7304)
Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings
APR7304  Download only  
'Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' (APR6011)
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
APR6011  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Walton & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos' (SIGCD220)
Walton & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
SIGCD220  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op 87 (Shostakovich)
24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich)
4 Romances, Op 46 (Shostakovich)
Ballet suite No 1 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Burya 'The Storm'  No 5 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 107 (Shostakovich)
Cello Concerto No 2 in G major, Op 126 (Shostakovich)
Detskaya tetrad 'A Child’s Exercise Book', Op 69 (Shostakovich/Sapozhnikov/Kirkor)
Die mechanische Puppe 'The clockwork doll'  No 6 of Detskaya tetrad 'A Child’s Exercise Book', Op 69 (Shostakovich/Sapozhnikov/Kirkor)
Drehorgel 'Hurdy-gurdy'  Transcription from Ballet suite No 1 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Festive Overture, Op 96 (Shostakovich)
Finale (after Prelude No 24)  No 7 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Folk Festival  No 5 of Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Frühlingswalzer 'Spring waltz'  Transcription from Michurin, Op 78 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Gamayun, ptitsa veshchaya 'Gamayun, the prophet bird'  No 2 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Gamlet 'Hamlet', Op 32 (Shostakovich/Chelkauskas)
Gigue  Transcription of supplementary number from Gamlet 'Hamlet', Op 32 (Shostakovich/Chelkauskas)
Gorod spit 'The city sleeps'  No 4 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Intermezzo: Andante  No 2 of Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 (Shostakovich)
Kreytserova sonata 'The Kreutzer Sonata'  No 5 of Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Kritiku 'To a critic'  No 1 of Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Marche funèbre (after Prelude No 14)  No 2 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Mélodie amoureuse (after Prelude No 17)  No 5 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Mï bïli vmeste 'We were together'  No 3 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Michurin, Op 78 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Moderato (Shostakovich)
Moskva, Cheremushki, Op 105 (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Muzïka  No 7 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Nedorazumeniye 'Misunderstanding'  No 4 of Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Nocturne  Transcription from Ovod 'The Gadfly', Op 97 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Ovod 'The Gadfly', Op 97 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Passacaglia (Shostakovich)
Pesnya Ofelii 'Ophelia's Song'  No 1 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 35 (Shostakovich)
Piano Concerto No 2 in F major, Op 102 (Shostakovich)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57 (Shostakovich)
Piano Sonata No 2, Op 61 (Shostakovich)
Piano Trio No 1 in C minor 'Poème', Op 8 (Shostakovich)
Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67 (Shostakovich)
Potomki 'The descendants'  No 3 of Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Produzhdeniye vesnï 'Spring awakening'  No 2 of Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Romance  No 4 of Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Scene: Moderato  No 1 of Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Sharmanka (Barrel-Organ Waltz)  No 3 of Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 40 (Shostakovich)
Sonata for viola and piano, Op 147 (Shostakovich)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 1 in C major, Op 49 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 10 in A flat major, Op 118 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Op 122 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 12 in D flat major, Op 133 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 13 in B flat minor, Op 138 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 14 in F sharp major, Op 142 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 2 in A major, Op 68 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 3 in F major, Op 73 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 4 in D major, Op 83 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 5 in B flat major, Op 92 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 6 in G major, Op 101 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 7 in F sharp minor, Op 108 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110 (Shostakovich)
String Quartet No 9 in E flat major, Op 117 (Shostakovich)
Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47 (Shostakovich)
Tayniye znaki 'Mysterious signs'  No 6 of Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5 (Shostakovich)
Trauriges Lied 'Sad song'  Transcription from Moskva, Cheremushki, Op 105 (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Two Songs to the spectacle 'Victorious Spring', Op 72b (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Un peu triste (after Prelude No 10)  No 1 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Une danse ironique (after Prelude No 18)  No 6 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Une valse militaire (after Prelude No 16)  No 4 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Une valse vite (after Prelude No 15)  No 3 of Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Wiegenlied 'Lullaby'  No 1 of Two Songs to the spectacle 'Victorious Spring', Op 72b (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya 'A girl, sobbing bitterly'  No 2 of 4 Romances, Op 46 (Shostakovich)
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