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Dmitri Shostakovich - Works Unveiled

Catalogue numberBIS-2550 SACD
Release date2023-01-06
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time76:27

This release is the fruit of the French pianist Nicolas Stavy’s efforts to uncover unknown works by Dmitri Shostakovich. Spanning some fifty years of the composer’s career, these rarities include early piano pieces influenced by Chopin and the fragment of an unfinished violin sonata, but is bookended by arrangements of symphonic music, by Shostakovich himself and by Mahler, a constant influence.
The disc opens with the most substantial work on the disc, Shostakovich’s arrangement of his late, great Fourteenth Symphony (1969) for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion. With texts by poets including Guillaume Apollinaire, Federico García Lorca and Rainer Maria Rilke, the work evokes death, reaching great emotional depths. Rather than ‘just’ making a piano transcription for rehearsal purposes, Shostakovich included a percussion part as well as one for celesta, in order to reproduce sounds that would be impossible to imitate on the piano alone.
This is followed by the substantial fragment of a sonata for violin and piano dated 1945 and four short piano pieces composed around 1917-1919, which reveal a very young composer and demonstrate his surprising individuality and maturity. The final work on the disc is an arrangement of the opening 95 bars of Gustav Mahler's Tenth Symphony which Shostakovich probably made during the 1920s for personal study purposes and to demonstrate the work to his fellow members in one of Leningrad’s two Mahler Societies. In Shostakovich’s transcription for piano four hands, Stavy is joined by Cédric Tiberghien.
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$ 18.32
Extra material for download
  Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri
  Symphony No. 14, Op. 135, arranged for soprano, bass, piano and percussion 54:45
01 I. De profundis 05:25 $ 1.36 USD
02 II. Malagueña 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
03 III. Loreley 09:46 $ 2.35 USD
04 IV. The Suicide 07:14 $ 1.74 USD
05 V. On the Watch 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
06 VI. Madam, look! 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
07 VII. In the Santé Prison 10:15 $ 2.47 USD
08 VIII. The Zaporozhian Cossacks' Answer to the Sultan of
01:53 $ 0.45 USD
09 IX. O Delvig, Delvig! 05:07 $ 1.23 USD
10 X. The Poet's Death 05:41 $ 1.37 USD
11 XI. Conclusion 01:15 $ 0.36 USD
12 Sonata (unfinished) for violin and piano 04:49 $ 1.18 USD
  Four pieces for solo piano 07:05
13 Funeral March in Memory of Victims of the Revolution 01:21 $ 0.33 USD
14 Toska (Nostalgia) 02:27 $ 0.59 USD
15 In the Forest 02:01 $ 0.50 USD
16 Bagatelle 01:16 $ 0.36 USD
17 Fragment from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.10 for piano
four hands
08:13 $ 2.09 USD
  Album total 76:27
SopranoBakanova, Ekaterina
BassStavrakakis, Alexandros
PianoCédric Tiberghien
Stavy, Nicolas
CelestaStavy, Nicolas
PercussionJodelet, Florent
ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri
ViolinPark, Sueye

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