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SHOSTAKOVICH: From Jewish Folk Poetry / BLOCH: From Jewish Life

SHOSTAKOVICH: From Jewish Folk Poetry / BLOCH: From Jewish Life

Composer(s):Bloch, ErnestProkofiev, SergeyShostakovich, Dmitry
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestralVocal
Catalogue CHAN8800
Label Chandos
Quality   320kbps


Highly Atmospheric and Enjoyable
Review By jleonard,May 2014

Shostakovich was not Jewish, but throughout his life was concerned about anti-Jewish feeling in the Soviet Union and had strong sympathy for Russian Jews. He was interested in Russian Jewish folk-music and it influenced his own musical style, particularly its ironic stance in the face of the misery of life under the Soviet Union and the political oppression that accompanied it.

Shostakovich wrote these songs during a period when there was an officially encouraged anti-Jewish campaign in the USSR, just after the Second World War. It was one of the works that could not be performed until after the death of Stalin. The first eight songs of the cycle are concerned with the unrelenting misery of life for Jewish Russians and are ironic, heart-broken and jauntily defiant by more....


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