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Here, from Apollinaire's Lorelei, the bishop, moved by the beauty of the golden-haired witch, summons her to a convent rather than burn her [listen -- track 7, 4:11-4:54], but on the way she asks to look into the Rhine and leaps into the water (I saw her in the water so peaceful and clear ...) [listen -- track 7, 5:00-6:16]. And linking Apollinaire's hold on to your riches to pay for your medication is Küchelbecker's What reward is there for noble deeds and verse ... [listen -- track 12, 1:03 to track 13, 0:48].

This is a superb disc, presenting a 1993 recording of the 2nd (in London with London Voices and the LSO) with a live performance of the 14th in Moscow, February 1973, and Rostropovich in command on both occasions.

Copyright © 17 February 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Shostakovich: Symphonies 2 and 14: Rostropovich

2564 61374-2 ADD/DDD Stereo REISSUE 70'58" 1973,1994 Teldec Classics, 2004 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Galina Visnevskaya, soprano; Mark Reshetin, bass; London Voices; Terry Edwards, chorus master; London Symphony Orchestra; Members of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Moscow; Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975): Symphony No 2 Op 14 'To October' (1927); Symphony No 14 Op 135 (1969)


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