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SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Sonata / Violin Sonata

Composer(s)Shostakovich, Dmitry
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557722
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Shostakovich’s chamber music is dominated by the fifteen string quartets [Naxos 8.550973 – 0977], he also left his mark on the piano trio [Naxos 8.553297], the piano quintet [8.554830] and the accompanied sonatas. Those for cello, violin and for viola [Naxos 8.557231] count among his most significant instrumental creations. The 1934 Cello Sonata includes one of the earliest of Shostakovich’s sardonic scherzos, while the Largo is a ‘romance’ that draws on a lineage taking in Tchaikovsky and even Rachmaninov. The 1968 Violin Sonata, written for David Oistrakh, is among Shostakovich’s most uncompromising pieces. Very different is the film score for The Gadfly whose Romance has assumed the status of a ‘lollipop’, not least through its use as the signature tune for the 1980s UK


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Work/Track Title Time
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Sonata / Violin Sonata 1:06:33   
  Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40          
      I. Allegro non troppo 11:52       
      II. Allegro 3:09       
      III. Largo 7:50       
      IV. Allegro 4:29       
  Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 134          
      I. Andante 10:23       
      II. Allegretto 6:53       
      III. Largo 15:05       
  The Gadfly, Op. 97 (excerpts) (trans. D. Yablonsky)          
      Romance 2:58       
      Nocturne 3:54       
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