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SHOSTAKOVICH: Execution of Stepan Razin (The) / October / 5 Fragments, Op. 42

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557812
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Execution of Stepan Razin is a setting of Yevtushenko and comes two years after the Thirteen Symphony. It does not have the concentration or emotional intensity of the symphony, but it is well worth hearing. Kondrashin’s pioneering recording of 1969 is no longer in circulation; until it returns, this well-played and expertly recorded version will serve well, particularly at its modest price.

Review By David Green,Naxos,May 2006

With respect to the heavier works of Dmitry Shostakovich, here are some examples with plenty of weight.

"The Execution of Stepan Razin" is his 1964 setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko's 1933 macabre poem on the beheading of a Cossack chief who had rebelled against Czar Alexis I. The severed head continues the defiance.

The grisly tale is sung by bass-baritone Charles Robert Austin, backed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale under Gerard Schwarz.

With the "Razin" is "October", another of Shostakovich's tributes to the Communist revolution, this one a tone poem on the 50th anniversary.

Rounding out the disc are "Five Fragments", which Steven Lowe's notes say were "practice runs" for the composer's "Fourth Symphony".


Review By Charles_Robert_Austin,The Philadelphia Inquirer,March 2006

On March 21st, Naxos released a new disc of the composer�s music with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, who are hosting a Shostakovich festival March 29th-April 15th. The CD features the symphonic poems The Execution of Stepan Razin (1967) with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and bass-baritone Charles Robert Austin, and October (1964). Also included are the Five Fragments from 1935, written while Shostakovich was planning his Fourth Symphony.



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