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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)

Dmitri Shostakovich

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

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 © 2004

Albums

Shostakovich & Schnittke: Cello Sonatas
CDA67534
Shostakovich & Shchedrin: Piano Concertos
CDA30023Hyperion 30th Anniversary series — Last few CD copies remaining
Shostakovich & Shchedrin: Piano Concertos
CDA67425
Shostakovich & Walton: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: SIGCD220Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Shostakovich, Britten & Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: SIGCD274Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op 87
CDA66441/33CDs
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto; Britten: Cello Symphony
Studio Master: SIGCD137Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Shostakovich: Music for viola and piano
CDA67865
Shostakovich: Piano Trios & Songs
CDA67834
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 1, Quintet & Trio No. 2
CDA67158
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 10, 12 & 14
CDA67156Archive Service
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 11, 13 & 15
CDA67157Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 2 & 3
CDA67153Last few CD copies remaining
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 4, 6 & 8
CDA67154
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos 5, 7 & 9
CDA67155
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
Studio Master: LSO0550Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
SIGCD135Download only
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7
SIGCD194Download only
Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets
CDS44091/66CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances, 24 Preludes & Piano Sonata No 2
CDA66620
Britten, Prokofiev & Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: SIGCD274Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Britten: Cello Symphony; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto
Studio Master: SIGCD137Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502Download only
English Poets, Russian Romances
CDA67274Please, someone, buy me …
Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings
APR7304Download only
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
APR6011for the price of 1 — Download only
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 4
CDA66605Archive Service
Prokofiev, Shostakovich & Britten: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: SIGCD274Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Pushkin Romances
CDA67773
Russian Songs
CDA67355
Schnittke & Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas
CDA67534
Shchedrin & Shostakovich: Piano Concertos
CDA67425
Shchedrin & Shostakovich: Piano Concertos
CDA30023Hyperion 30th Anniversary series — Last few CD copies remaining
Walton & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Studio Master: SIGCD220Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

24 Preludes and Fugues, Op 87Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano)
24 Preludes, Op 34Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano)
Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 107Jamie Walton (cello)
Cello Concerto No 2 in G major, Op 126Jamie Walton (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra, Alexander Briger (conductor)
Festive Overture, Op 96Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6Vassily Savenko (bass), Alexander Blok (piano)
ModeratoAlban Gerhardt (cello), Steven Osborne (piano)
PassacagliaChristopher Herrick (organ)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 35Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Mark O'Keeffe (trumpet), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in F major, Op 102Marc-André Hamelin (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57St Petersburg Quartet, Igor Uryash (piano)
Piano Sonata No 2, Op 61Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano)
Piano Trio No 1 in C minor 'Poème', Op 8The Florestan Trio
Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67St Petersburg Quartet, Igor Uryash (piano)
Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 67The Florestan Trio
Satirï 'Satires', Op 109Joan Rodgers (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Sem Stikhotvoreniy A BlokaSusan Gritton (soprano), The Florestan Trio
Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 40Jamie Walton (cello), Daniel Grimwood (piano)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 40Alban Gerhardt (cello), Steven Osborne (piano)
Sonata for viola and piano, Op 147Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5Vassily Savenko (bass), Alexander Blok (piano)
String Quartet No 1 in C major, Op 49St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 10 in A flat major, Op 118St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Op 122St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 12 in D flat major, Op 133St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 13 in B flat minor, Op 138St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 14 in F sharp major, Op 142St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 15 in E flat minor, Op 144St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 2 in A major, Op 68St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 3 in F major, Op 73St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 4 in D major, Op 83St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 5 in B flat major, Op 92St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 6 in G major, Op 101St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 7 in F sharp minor, Op 108St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110St Petersburg Quartet
String Quartet No 9 in E flat major, Op 117St Petersburg Quartet
Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)
Symphony No 7 'Leningrad', Op 60St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano)
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5Moura Lympany (piano)
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5Eileen Joyce (piano)

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'  
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'  
Drehorgel 'Hurdy-gurdy'  
Festive Overture, Op 96 (Shostakovich)
Finale (after Prelude No 24)  
Five Pieces from The Gadfly, Op 97 (Shostakovich/Borisovsky)
Folk Festival  
Frühlingswalzer 'Spring waltz'  
Gamayun, ptitsa veshchaya 'Gamayun, the prophet bird'  
Gamlet 'Hamlet', Op 32 (Shostakovich/Chelkauskas)
Gigue  
Gorod spit 'The city sleeps'  
Intermezzo: Andante  
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 (Shostakovich)
Kreytserova sonata 'The Kreutzer Sonata'  
Kritiku 'To a critic'  
Marche funèbre (after Prelude No 14)  
Mélodie amoureuse (after Prelude No 17)  
Mï bïli vmeste 'We were together'  
Michurin, Op 78 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Moderato (Shostakovich)
Moskva, Cheremushki, Op 105 (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Muzïka  
Nedorazumeniye 'Misunderstanding'  
Nocturne  
Ovod 'The Gadfly', Op 97 (Shostakovich/Atovmian)
Passacaglia (Shostakovich)
Pesnya Ofelii 'Ophelia's Song'  
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'  
Produzhdeniye vesnï 'Spring awakening'  
Romance  
Satirï 'Satires', Op 109 (Shostakovich)
Scene: Moderato  
Sem Stikhotvoreniy A Bloka (Shostakovich)
Seven Preludes from 24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich/Strakhov)
Sharmanka (Barrel-Organ Waltz)  
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)
Symphony No 7 'Leningrad', Op 60 (Shostakovich)
Tayniye znaki 'Mysterious signs'  
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5 (Shostakovich)
Trauriges Lied 'Sad song'  
Two Songs to the spectacle 'Victorious Spring', Op 72b (Shostakovich/Kalianov)
Un peu triste (after Prelude No 10)  
Une danse ironique (after Prelude No 18)  
Une valse militaire (after Prelude No 16)  
Une valse vite (after Prelude No 15)  
Wiegenlied 'Lullaby'  
Yunoshu, gorku rïdaya 'A girl, sobbing bitterly'  
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