To me, and doubtless many others, Shostakovich is a composer for weaving
long and fascinating adagios, from which we may at first focus on the use
of texture -- partly from the structure that keeps tightening and relaxing,
and partly from harmonic colour, often in dark and restless array.
But it would be nothing more than muzak if the brain behind it was not of
a splendid architect deploying the ingredients linked to a preciseness of
development and fulfilment.
This BIS collection gathers the Rudolf Barshai scorings of Quartets 8
and 10, and also places a world première alongside -- the Suite
on Finnish Themes from 1939, which is mostly voice and instruments in
a folksy jollification [listen -- track 2, 0:00-1:05].
But there remains a relentless vivacity that is the very essence of this
Russian master. Some tracks display it more than others. These performances
are true to the music and its ambience.
Copyright © 27 April 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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CD-1256 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 58'20" 2001 BIS Records AB
Anu Komsi, soprano; Tom Nyman, tenor; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas
Suite on Finnish Themes (1939) (world première recording); Symphony for Strings Op 118a (after String Quartet No 10, arranged by Rudolf Barshai); Chamber Symphony (String Quartet No 8 Op 110b, orchestrated by Rudolf Barshai) 'In memory of victims of fascism and war'