classical music: shostakovich
Shostakovich: Symphonies no 5 and 9 / Haitink
A Soviet Artist's Response to Just Criticism?!
The Symphony No. 5 is one of Shostakovich's greatest masterpieces, which can hardly be ascertained from its origins as a piece to satisfy the Soviet state's artistically stifling demands in music (for example, all other aspects of music had to be subordinate to melody). The previous year Shostakovich was savagely attacked in the Pravda for his opera `Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District', primarily ...
Summon The Heroes
John [Film Composer] Williams
this one will surprise you!
I'll keep it simple: this album is a collection of classical music belonging to a category commonly referred to as the fanfare. Several pieces were written by the conductor, John Williams, who is famous for movie themes like Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Memoirs of a Geisha, and many others. It is majestic, inspiring, and beautiful. I have shared it with several friends and ...
Tchaikovsky At Tea Time: A Refreshing Blend For Body And Spirit
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky and Tchai
I wondered what do Tchaikovsky and Tea have in common, and then I remembered that in many countries across the world - the word for tea is "tchai". That aside, yes, this is a refreshing blend of music, perfect for tea time - relaxing and reviving at the same time, and quite a bit dreamy.
The Collection 2: The Concerto Recordings
Deutsche Grammophon, 2009
Essential Argerich recordings, despite the duplications
Imitating the format of DG's earlier collection of Argerich's complete solo albums, here in crhonological order from 1967 to 2004 we get her concerto recordings. All are self-recommending to her legion of fans and highly recommended by critics, which poses a problem for many collectors. I already own all but a handful, so even DG's bargain price isn't all that tempting. The duplications consist ...
Shostakovich: Preludes & Fugues
Harmonia Mundi, 2010
In 1950, Shostakovich went to Leipzig to attend the Bicentennial Bach competition. His admiration for Tatiana Nikolaeva s performance of the Well-Tempered Clavier served as an impetus to write his own set of Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues, loosely modeled on Bach s. Over the years, Nikolaeva, who performed the composition frequently throughout her career, became practically synonymous with the work. Alexander Melnikov started from scratch and ...
The Most Relaxing Classical Album In the World Ever, Volume II
Jacqueline Du Pre
EMI Classics, 2003
Most Relaxing Classical Music. II
Beautifully done, arranged, and selected. All are very good performances, and there are many lesser known but wonderful pieces such as the movement from Shostakovich's second piano concerto.
The Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3 CD's of music, each with a different flavor. We didn't know which album to order so selected this one and are glad we did.
At the Movies
Denon Records, 2004
Movie Themes with a Classical Twist
What's not to like about a good song from a good movie? All the classic movie themes (i.e., Titanic, Zorba the Greek, etc.) are here but played by a full orchestra. I considered this approach to modern music a true and distinct pleasure and a nice break from the classical music that Andre Rieu's orchestra normally presents. The music is uplifting and makes you want to break out in song or get ...
The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
Johann Sebastian Bach
Title says it all!
The title says it all - perfect collection for Yo-Yo fans or a great introduction for classical music lovers.
The Most Relaxing Piano Album in the World...Ever!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
EMI Classics, 2001
Relaxing Music Suited For Today's Busy Lifestyles
"A vast and tender calm Seems to descend from the sky Lit by the moon This is the exquisite hour" ~ Paul Verlaine ~ The above quote is taken from a poem by 19th Century Fench poet Paul Verlaine titled "La Bonne Chanson No. 6." His words fittingly describe the ambience of this classical album which promises unruffled musical moments just perfect for unwinding and relaxing, or when you're ...
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
Regis Records, 2007
The Definitive Tatiana Nikolaeva recording, re-released
Upon a recommendation from a Finnish friend of mine in the forum, I searched out this Regis release. Upon listening to the samples, it is obvious that these are the definitive 1987 recordings, released first on Melodya, then licensed to Allegro and released on Moscow Studio Archives. Good news, because the others are out of print. Do not even mess with the Hyperion (recorded in 1990 and later ...
Dmitry Shostakovich: String Quartet Nos. 2,3,7,8 & 12
EMI Classics, 2000
sheer brilliance and range, brilliantly performed
These five Shostakovich string quartets were recorded by the Borodin Quartet in London in 1990, and the performance and recording are absolutely brilliant, to match the compositions. (The earlier complete cycle of 15 quartets, recorded in the 1980s by an earlier line-up of the Borodins, is no longer available.) Quartets 2 and 3, which open and close this set, were written respectively in ...
Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto, Op. 99; Cello Concerto, Op. 107
Great performances of Shostakovich
I'll make this brief; the other reviewer have said what I would have stated, that this is a great recording. The one thing I would like to add, as an avid violin (and cello, my sister is a cellist) fan, is that the sheer intensity and almost raw (without being crude) power of these recordings, especially the Oistrakh, put them in a class by themselves. The violin cadenza literally knocks you out ...
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
Herbert von Karajan
Dg Imports, 2006
Preferences among Shostakovich's Symphonies
Before hearing Symphonies 10 and 11, I felt that No. 5 was the most exciting in some passages, No. 7 the most entertaining and No. 8 the profoundest. Nos. 1, 9 and 15 are a bit too cute for my taste, especially the first two movements of No. 1. I agree with critics that the propagandistic No. 12 is too blatant, especially in the finale. Now I am inclined to feel that two symphonies of the the ...
Symphony No 8
very Mravinsky-like in terms of structure and shape
Shostakovich's greatest war period symphony has been lucky on disc clear since its premiere recording, given by Yevgeny Mravinsky decades ago. From those earlier years, Kondrashin and Svetlanov have given better than serviceable accounts as well. Recent additions from Andrew Litton (Dallas Symphony/Delos) and Mariss Jansons (Pittsburgh S.O./EMI) have exploited the sonic potentials of the work. ...
Shostakovich: The String Quartets [Box Set]
Emerson String Quartet
The first--and still greatest?--modernist readings
This re-issue at bargain price of the Emerson's complete Shostakovich quartet cycle is a reminder that their breakthrough readings are roughly a decade old now (the set was taped in concert from Aspen 1994-99). Instead of Russian soul we get clean, often faster interpretations that brought out Shostakovich's modernist side, aided by the ultra virtuosity of the playing. In the meantime, however, ...
André Rieu: Masterpieces
Andre / Huijts, Jo Rieu
Andre Rieu, Masterpieces
Andre Rieu and his JSO are a class act. The music is wonderful, can make you smile and can keep you spellbound all at the same time. He loves his audiances and they love him and his orchestra. YOu can't go wrong with any of his musical CD's.
Classical Hits: The Best Music from Today's Classical Superstars
Andrew Lloyd Webber
I have listened to this compilation over and over again in my car when the world has become too much. These are artists at their best. Even if the only music on this CD were Lucianno Pavarotti's signature masterpiece, "Nessun dorma!", it would be priceless.
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
A Twentieth Century Piano Masterwork
Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) is best-known for his symphonies and for his difficult political life in the former Soviet Union. Between 1950-1951, while his work was under a performance ban, Shostakovich composed a work for solo piano, the "24 Preludes and Fugues" Op. 87, which is remarkable for its intimacy and devotion to the art of pure music. It is one of the great piano works of the ...
A must-have Mendelssohn!
For any fan of the violin, Hilary Hahn is simply one of life's joys these days. Her technique is staggering -- beyond even other virtuosi in the way Heifetz was a little beyond the other great violinists of the mid-20th century. But Hahn is also a thoughtful musician. Who doesn't love Perlman, but so much of his work at this age was technically lush, but interpretively dry and dull. Hahn, by ...
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