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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....


Review By Lancette Arts Journal,February 2012

Serebrier is a master at bringing difficult works alive.

In 2006 Dmitry Shostakovich would have been 100 years old. One would have thought that this would have brought about an outpouring of his music on the radio and in the print media. Unfortunately, a more popular composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, celebrated his 250th birthday in the same year, and so Mr. Shostakovich was pushed pretty well aside. Only if one looked or listened hard, did one read about him or come to hear his music in a celebratory format.


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