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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75)

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Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)


Marina Shaguch (soprano), Peter Mikuláš (bass) & Michail Ryssov (bass)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir & Kühn Mixed Chorus, Maxim Shostakovich

"A world-class performance, authentically at one with the sound, syntax and imagery of Shostakovich's wracked genius." BBC Music Magazine, February 2006, on Symphony No. 13

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'


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Liszt: Les Preludes

Liszt: Les Preludes

and works by Barta and Shostakovich


Barta, L:

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Jaroslav Karlovský (viola)

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Miloš Sádlo (violoncello)


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Overtures

Overtures


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65


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Rafael Kubelik: Great Czech Conductors

Rafael Kubelik: Great Czech Conductors


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Rudolf Firkušný (piano)

Martinu:

Symphony No. 4

Memorial to Lidice, H. 296

Zdeněk Otava (baritone)

Army Recitation Corps, Typografia Male Chorus

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70


Groundbreaking early recordings made by the legendary Czech conductor Rafael Kubelík.

The name of Rafael Kubelík symbolically opens the Supraphon series of archival recordings featuring the most celebrated Czech conductors. Kubelík’s journey to catharsis, which was represented by the legendary performance of My Country at the first liberated Prague Spring festival in 1990, lasted more than half a century.

He first conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra when he was twenty and at the age of twenty-eight (1942) became its chief conductor. The precious recordings on this double CD were made between 1944 and 1948, prior to Kubelík’s emigration. When it comes to Dvořák’s music, one of the cornerstones of the Czech Philharmonic’s repertoire, unique recordings of Kubelík’s singular interpretation of Symphony No. 8 and the Piano Concerto with a spellbinding performance by the young Rudolf Firkušný have been preserved. Yet Kubelík also boldly presented a contemporary repertoire.

The live recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 dating from December 1945 (a mere three months after the work was completed!) is probably the very first recording of the work. The onerous experience of the war is also reflected in Martinů’s Symphony No. 4. The unique recordings of the Memorial to Lidice and Dobiáš’s Stalingrad cantata depict the atmosphere of a difficult time. Kubelík’s recordings from the 1940s are a testament to a legendary figure who after another 40 years of conducting leading orchestras abroad would in the spring of 1990 make a triumphant return to liberated Prague.

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Ravel & Shostakovich: Complete Piano Trios

Ravel & Shostakovich: Complete Piano Trios


Ravel:

Piano Trio in A minor

Shostakovich:

Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8

Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67


Smetana Trio

Highly anticipated new disc from the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award Winners 2007.

Following their recording of the complete Brahms trios, the renowned Smetana Trio have turned their attention to 20th-century music. Although the French Impressionist Maurice Ravel wrote very few chamber works, some of them are true gems.

His one and only piano trio, which he completed in haste before leaving for the front in WWI, is one of the most beautiful pieces written in the past century for this configuration. The motivic material reflects Ravel’s Basque origins and partially draws upon the piano concerto he was working on at the time. Dmitry Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor, a piece replete with invention and emotional contrasts, is also one of the most splendid musical gems and testimonies to the century in which it was created. In many respects, the weightiness of the culmination of WWII contrasts with the mood of Shostakovich’s little-known first trio, a one-movement, surprisingly mature work of a seventeen-year-old composer. The internationally acclaimed Czech ensemble performs the three splendid chamber pieces in a rounded and inspiring manner.

The complete Ravel and Shostakovich piano trios on a new recording made by the award-winning Smetana Trio. Recorded at the Martínek Studio, Prague, September 19-22 and December 11-14, 2013.

“The Smetana's performance of the Ravel is not coolly 'Classical', but fully alive to its poignancy and inventive colouring. Pianist Jitka Cechova starts a touch slower than Ravel's metronome marking, yet she and her colleagues observe Ravel's relative tempos scrupulously, and the music - given time to breathe- becomes unusually expressive.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

“Shostakovich's wartime Second Trio, such a powerful work, gets a splendid performance...the Smetana players know just what to do for maximum effect...the Smetana Trio respond most beautifully to Ravel's more sensuous passages and give us a real sense of the work's breadth and emotional range.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“This [First Shostakovich] Trio can sometimes seem rather a rambling piece, but such is the conviction and intensity of this new Smetana Trio performance here that any doubts are swept aside, and the ardent sincerity of the music shines throughout...this is a disc that triumphantly confirms the pre-eminence of this marvellous Czech ensemble, and I recommend it very warmly.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Rostropovich plays Shostakovich

Rostropovich plays Shostakovich


Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

recorded live at the Prague Spring International Music Festival at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, on May 29, 1960

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

recorded live at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, on December 11th, 1967

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeni Svetlanov

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

recorded at the Moscow Radio House, 1959

with Dmitri Shostakovich (piano)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

recorded live at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire on October 6, 1959

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Aleksandr Gauk


Rostropovich previously unknown and unreleased – unique recordings of Shostakovich’s concertos.

Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the greatest 20th-century cellists, studied composition with Dmitri Shostakovich. Their mutual respect soon grew into a close friendship and in 1959 Shostakovich dedicated his Cello Concerto No. 1 to Rostropovich, thus making the cellist’s long-time wish come true. Rostropovich learned the piece within a mere four days and duly played it by heart to the astonished composer.

Two days after the premiere (4 October 1959 in Leningrad), Rostropovich performed the work in Moscow to an enthusiastic audience response. Our CD contains this version, the concerto’s oldest known recording. In 1960, the celebrated cellist and the Czech Philharmonic, under Kirill Kondrashin, presented the piece at the Prague Spring festival.

Back in 1959, Rostropovich and Shostakovich recorded for Moscow Radio the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, written by Shostakovich when he was twenty-eight years of age. The recording is a precious example of Shostakovich’s continuing piano skills at the time when he no longer gave public performances. The fruitful collaboration between the two artists and friends culminated seven years later in Cello Concerto No. 2, which was premiered by Rostropovich in Moscow on the day of Shostakovich’s 60th birthday. A Prague audience first heard the piece about a year later.

These Supraphon discs feature the CD debut of the two Prague recordings.

“A double-whammy of cello works here - not one but two recordings of the Concerto No. 1, plus a powerful rendition of No. 2, all performed by perhaps the greatest cellist of the 20th Century - Mstislav Rostropovich, to whom both concerti were dedicated. Shostakovich himself appears on the disc accompanying Rostropovich in the D minor Sonata - it's a unique record of four historic performances” David Smith, Presto Classical, May 2014

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin & Shostakovich

Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin & Shostakovich


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Etude Op. 10 No. 11 in E flat major

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 6 in G sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 8 in D flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Étude Op. 25 No. 12 in C minor

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 3 in G major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 2 in A minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 18 in F minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 4 in E minor


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Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings

Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings


Bach, J S:

Fantasia in C minor, BWV906

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Nikolayeva:

Three Concert Études, Op. 13

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 1 in C major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 15 in D flat major


In the case of the pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993), that overused term “child prodigy” is entirely apt. She began playing the instrument at the age of three and started to compose music when she was 12. At the age of 13, she enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory, after graduating from which she intensively devoted to composition. The turning point in her career emerged in 1950; more significant in her career than winning the first edition of the J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig was her encounter with Shostakovich, which turned into a lifelong friendship. With her account of Bach’s music, Nikolayeva inspired Shostakovich to compose his 24 Preludes and Fugues, which she was the first to perform. In February 1951, Nikolayeva was invited to Prague to join the Czech Philharmonic and make a recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and several Bach pieces.

The other Supraphon recordings (of works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Nikolayeva’s own Concert Etudes) were completed in April 1954. Notwithstanding the small number of Tatiana Nikolayeva’s performances recorded for Supraphon on magnetic tapes, their significance is indispensable indeed, as they represent virtually the oldest preserved testimony to the immense mastery of the legendary pianist, before she was discovered by the whole world.

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