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Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5

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The setting of Sonnet 66, dedicated to the musicologist Ivan Sollertinsky, is of a translation by Boris Pasternak, the author of Doctor Zhivago. The sombre mood of the sonnet is perfectly matched by Shostakovich's stem and unyielding gravity and the work clearly meant a great deal to him, as he later arranged it for soloist and small orchestra. Giving it a new opus number.

from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001


English Poets, Russian Romances


Track 23 on CDA67274 [2'42]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67274 track 23

Recording date
1 September 2000
Recording venue
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Recording producer
Alexander Volkov
Recording engineer
Alexander Volkov
Hyperion usage
  1. English Poets, Russian Romances (CDA67274)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: September 2001
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