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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: New Babylon (The) (Basel Sinfonietta, Fitz-Gerald)

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Fitz-Gerald, Mark, Conductor • Basel Sinfonietta
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music
Catalogue 8.572824-25
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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This recording of New Babylon, one of Shostakovich’s most inventive and truly symphonic film scores, is the first complete recording of all the surviving music from the original ‘lost’ manuscript full score and the first to use five solo string players only, as conceived by the composer. A remarkable collage of marches, can-cans, carnival music, tumultuous rhythms and musical quotations, New Babylon bristles with witty dissonance and brassy ebullience, emphasizing the film’s content rather than its visual surface. Mark Fitz-Gerald’s two previous Naxos world première recordings of Shostakovich’s film scores for Alone (8.570316) and The Girlfriends () have been highly acclaimed.

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Review By Torsten Möller,Schweizer Musikzeitung,February 2012


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Review By Christian Fluri,Basellandschaftliche Zeitung,December 2011

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Review By Craig Zeichner,Ariama.com,December 2011

this new recording, performed by the Basel Sinfonietta and conducted by Mark Fitz-Gerald, is on an entirely different plane since it presents all the surviving music from the original lost score.

This is high-octane music whose sheer audacity makes up for its lack of subtlety.

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Review By Basler Zeitung,December 2011


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