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Theatre Music for Piano

Shostakovich: Theatre Music for Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2001

Originally recorded in 2000

Artists:

Rustem Hayroudinoff

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


David O'Carroll

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Russian

Total Time - 67:25
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Theatre Music for Piano

   
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DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

(1906-1975)
  premiere recordings (except tracks 3 and 7)  
   
 

From 'The Human Comedy'

12:14  
  arranged by Lev Solin  
1 March 2:17
2 The Panorama of Paris 2:21
3 Police March 1:28
4 Waltz 1:06
5 Sarabande 1:32
6 Gavotte and Trio 3:27
   
 

From 'The Bedbug'

19:03  
  piano reductions by the composer*  
  arranged by Lev Solin†  
7 Intermezzo† 3:45
8 Scene in the Boulevard† 2:43
9 Waltz* 1:18
10 March* 2:58
11 Foxtrot* 3:15
12 Galop* 2:11
13 Closing March† 2:50
   
 

From 'Conditionally Killed'

9:13  
  piano reductions by the composer  
14 The Field (A Landscape) 1:42
15 Polka 1:27
16 The Flight of Angels 1:16
17 The Jugglers 1:46
18 Dance 1:23
19 Bacchanalia 1:36
   
 

From 'Hamlet'

14:46  
  arranged by Lev Solin, except * piano reduction by the composer  
20 Lullaby 1:08
21 The Players' Pantomime 1:23
22 Dead March 2:03
23 Gigue 1:26
24 March of Fortinbras 2:17
25 The Hunt* 2:02
26 Night Watch 2:18
27 Dance Music 2:05
   
 

From 'Salute, Spain!'

5:31  
  arranged by Lev Solin  
28 March 2:29
29 Funeral March 3:01
   
30 

Football from 'Russian River'

2:21
  piano reduction by V. Samarin  
31 

A Scene from Act III from 'King Lear'

1:57
  arranged by the composer  
32 

Polka from 'The Golden Age'

2:34
  arranged by the composer  
Rustem Hayroudinoff makes his debut on Chandos with these piano miniatures.

These works are not currently available on disc and many of them are premiere recordings

It features extracts from eight of Shostakovich’s theatrical scores in piano reductions of arrangements by the composer himself or trusted colleagues.

Rustem Hayroudinoff studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has performed worldwide to high critical acclaim and has appeared on both television and radio.


During his lifetime Shostakovich’s worldwide reputation was founded essentially on his symphonies, concertos and vocal-instrumental chamber music. The busy and amazingly prolific theatre composer he had been in the early thirties was transformed into a symphonic soothsayer, a latter-day Beethoven whose earlier career had started out in the wrong direction. This is not to say the theatre music of Shostakovich had been totally ignored. For example, piano arrangements of various excerpts were from time to time made for publication in the form of suites, some of which found favour as ‘accessible’ light music during the period following the composer’s second fall from grace in 1948. But to bring together a representative collection of this music in its original format, using the piano arrangements made by the composer or his licensed colleagues, was a project not undertaken in Soviet Russia until 1977, two years after his death, when Sovetskii Kompositor issued a volume entitled Shostakovich: Music to Plays.

It is timely to welcome a substantial issue of this hitherto fragmented repertoire – especially in these brilliant and affectionate performances – as the pieces might have been played over by Shostakovich himself in the preliminary stages of a theatre production; placed alongside his better-known music for solo piano they form a welcome addition. Here is a wealth of piano miniatures: epigrammatic character pieces that can take on a life of their own independent of their original theatre context, full of tunefulness, humour, charm and occasional unexpected depths.


‘If this disc is anything to go by, he’s a pianist out of the ordinary: he plays every note as if he simply loves it.’
BBC Music Magazine

Rustem Hayroudinoffs fresh, intelligent and tremendously witty playing makes this a CD Id give anyone for Christmas… a breath of fresh air.
BBC Music Magazine ‘Best of 2001’




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M Huggins

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P Van Tichelen