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SHOSTAKOVICH: Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait (WHITEHOUSE)

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music • Spoken Word
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumental • Music Biographies • Orchestral
Catalogue 8.558188-89
Label Naxos Educational
Quality   320kbps
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Review By David Green,Naxos,May 2006

Normally, I would be loath to even listen to someone's mish-mash of "the best of," especially a composer like Dmitry Shostakovich. It took years for me to begin to like any of his compositions, let alone enjoy them. However, it must be admitted that this two-CD collection works as a sampler. There are movements from symphonies and concerti, string quartets, and several solo piano pieces. Probably the selling point is the inclusion of some of Shostakovich's movie music and lighter short works. Among them are his "Festive Overture in A Major", saluting the Russian Revolution; "Tahiti Trot", with its ribald variations on "Tea for Two"; "Fantastic Dances, Opus 5"; the "Saxophone's Waltz" from "Jazz Suite No. 2"; and the "Romance" from "The Gadfly Suite", which endeared itself to



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