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SHOSTAKOVICH: Golden Age (The), Op. 22

Composer(s)Shostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Serebrier, Jose, Conductor • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Ballet
Catalogue 8.570217-18
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
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The three full-length ballet scores that Dmitry Shostakovich wrote between 1925 and 1935 remain among his least known works. The Golden Age revolves around the visit of a Soviet football team to a Western city (referred to as 'U-town') at the time of an industrial exhibition, only for its heroic sporting and social endeavours constantly to be undermined by hostile administrators, decadent artistes and corrupt officials. Even before its premiere Shostakovich had prepared a suite, including the famous Polka (Naxos 8.553126), which barely hints at the dissonant harmonies and intricate contrapuntal designs to be found elsewhere in the ballet. This recording is the first to present the work complete with all repeats observed, enabling listeners to assess the ballet in all its more....

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Work/Track Title Time
SHOSTAKOVICH: Golden Age (The), Op. 22 2:23:43   
DISC 1
  Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22, "The Age of Gold"          
      Prelude 1:58       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Procession of the Guests of Honour 2:37       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Inspection of the Display Windows 2:02       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Demonstration of Important Exhibits - Appearance of the Soviet Football Team 2:56       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Magician-Advertising Agent - Dance of the Hindu 3:54       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Boxing as an Advertising Stunt 2:03       
      Act I Scene 1, The Golden Age of Industry Exhibition: Scandal during the Boxing Match - Entrance of the Police 2:17       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of the Golden Youths 3:58       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of Diva: Adagio 10:05       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Appearance of the Soviet Football Team and Diva's Variations 2:16       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Soviet Dance 2:17       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Diva asks the Leader of the Soviet Team to Dance with Her 1:10       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance and Scene of the Diva and the Fascist 5:56       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Dance of the Black Man and 2 Soviet Football Players 3:46       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: The Supposed Terrorist, "The Hand of Moscow" 3:17       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: General Confusion - The Embarrassment of the Fascists 1:47       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: A Rare Case of Mass Hysteria 2:58       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Conversation between the Director of the Exhibition and the Fascist 1:11       
      Act I Scene 2, Exhibition Hall: Foxtrot … foxtrot … foxtrot 4:59       
      Act II Scene 3, A Street in the Same City: Mime of the Agents Provocateurs, Provocation and Arrest: Galop 8:17       
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Procession of the Workers to the Stadium - Dance of the Young Pioneers - Sports Games 1:51       
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Football March 5:06       
DISC 2
  Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22, "The Age of Gold"          
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Intermezzo, "Everybody amuses oneself in one's own way" 1:50       
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Dance of the Western Komsomol Girl and 4 Sportsmen 6:39       
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Sports Contests - Joint Sports Dance 3:44       
      Act II Scene 4, Workers' Stadium: Scene and Exit of the Soviet Team 2:07       
      Act III: Entr'acte, "Tea for Two" 3:28       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Chechotka, "Shoe Shine of the Highest Grade" 4:51       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Tango 3:18       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Polka, "Once upon a Time in Geneva" - Polka, "Angel of Peace" 2:14       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: The Touching Coalition of the Classes, slightly fraudulent 4:25       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Entrance of Diva and the Fascist - Their Dance 3:36       
      Act III Scene 5, Music Hall: Can-can 6:21       
      Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Prelude 2:38       
      Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Scene of the Freeing of the Prisoners 9:20       
      Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Total Unveiling of the Conspiracy - The Bourgeoisie in Panic 6:42       
      Act III Scene 6, Prison Building: Final Dance of Solidarity 5:49       
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