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Dark Night of the Soul Music
Post-WW2 Soviet music is definitely an acquired taste; before and after Stalin, much of it sounds stunted, cut off as it was from developments in the west, to say nothing of being subjected to bureaucratic censure. When failing to please the critics results, not in bad reviews or empty houses, but penalties ranging from loss of livelihood to imprisonment to possible loss of life, the wonder is that any real creative work got done at all. Having managed to outlive Stalin, Shostakovich might be thought of as the most successful mid-20th century Russian composer, with a long string of masterpieces to his credit.
His First and Second Cello Concertos, newly recorded by internationally acclaimed cellist, Truls Mork, were originally written for Mstislav Rostropovich and have become part of standard orchestral repertoire. Both pieces are very well served by Mr. Mork’s passionate and virtuosic playing, as well as the sympathetic performance of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the great Vasily Petrenko.
Congratulations also go out to the engineering staff for the clarity and precision of this recording. This is NOT an appropriate record for anyone who uses classical music as background for dinner parties or to put their children to sleep. Written under duress, facing both illness and constant political pressure, Shostakovich’s First and Second Cello Concertos convey a sense of grief and longing, brooding and despair that is largely missing from most of today’s music. Music for the dark night of the soul doesn’t go over so well in our have-a-nice-day world.
Highly recommended, 9 out of 10.
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