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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Film Music, Vol. 5 (Mnatsakanov)

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music • Orchestral
Catalogue DRD2005
Label Delos
Quality   320kbps


Shostakovich and the Movies
Review By AC115521,April 2011

Shostakovich’s film scores (some 30 plus) offer a fascinating study in contrasts. On the one hand, the so-called public, Soviet style of the composer is manifested by the countless waltzes, polkas, galops, quasi folk tunes and banal ditties. Then there are the quintessential, searing, elegiac largos, sardonic scherzos and propulsive allegros which recall some of the finest moments in the symphonies. There has certainly been no shortage of recordings devoted to this material. Most notably releases by Naxos, Chandos, Decca, Capriccio and Signum come to mind.

Some years back RCA tried its hand with a distinguished series conducted by Jose Serebrier. This current release on Delos was originally released in the 1990’s on the Russian Disc label. Conductor, Walter Mnatsakanov and more....


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