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Shostakovich - Songs for the Front

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2011

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Soloists of the Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella



Venue:

St Tikhon's Orthodox University, Moscow

4 Jan, 24 Feb & 18 Apr 2010

Producer:

Ilya Dontsov



Engineer:

Ilya Dontsov



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 60:41
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GIOACCHINO ROSSINI

1 

The Alpine Shepherdess

2:22
   
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

2 

Scottish Drinking Song

1:22
   
 

GEORGES BIZET

3 

Carmen, Habañera

3:05
   
 

JEAN BAPTISTE WECKERLIN

4 

'Mother, what is love'

0:55
   
 

LEONCAVALLO

5 

Pagliacci, Arlecchino's Serenade

1:29
   
 

MUSORGSKY

6 

Gopak

2:43
7 

Sorochintsy Fair, Khivrya's Song

4:18
8 

Sorochintsy Fair, Parasya's Dumka

3:23
   
 

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

9 

Sadko, Song of the Varangian Guest

2:27
   
 

ALEXANDER L'VOVICH GURILYOV

10 

'I Shall Tell Mama'

1:30
11 

The Little Sarafan

1:42
   
 

MIKHAIL MIKHAYLOVICH IPPOLITOV-IVANOV

12 

'I Sit on a Rock'

1:34
   
 

GULAK-ARTEMOVSKY

13 

A Cossack beyond the Danube,

8:25
  Duet of Karas and Odarka  
 

ALEXANDER SERGEYEVICH DARGOMYZHSKY

14 

'Fever'

0:58
15 

'Grenada Clothed in Mist'

1:56
16 

Rusalka, Olga's Song

1:54
17 

Rogdana, Comic Song

0:45
   
 

VERSTOVSKY

18 

Gypsy Song

2:41
   
 

PRITZKER

19 

Girl's Song

2:57
   
 

DUNAEVSKY

20 

The Merry Fellows, Anyota's Song

2:35
21 

The Beethoven Concerto, March of the Pioneers

1:28
22 

The Children of Captain Grant, 'Sing for us, wind'

1:24
23 

Song of the Sea

2:03
   
 

DMITRI POKRASS

24 

Farewell

1:24
   
 

DANIIL & DMITRI POKRASS

25 

Sons of a Working People, 'Those are not Storm Clouds'

1:31
   
 

MILYUTIN

26 

Mitka-Lelyuk, 'Do not touch us'

2:18
   
 

BLANTER

27 

Shchor's Song

1:32
   


During the Siege of Leningrad, which lasted from 1941 to 1944, Shostakovich was famously photographed in a fireman’s outfit on the burning rooftops. But he also made a musical contribution to the defence of the city, arranging a series of songs – operatic arias, classical numbers and popular Soviet hits – for voices, violin and cello. The musicians then climbed into the back of a truck and were driven to the front, where they performed to the soldiers. The cheeky, folky – and defiantly Russian – insouciance of many of the songs, recorded here for the first time, must have brought a ray of hope and humour to the cold and hungry troops.
 

"...this disc should appeal to a variety of our ’serious record collectors’ for a variety of reasons: The performances are impeccble, the sonics brilliant, the repertoire novel, and the arrangements themselves nothing short of marvelous. The vocal artists on this recording, all members of the Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Cappella, serve the music well ... Soprano natalia Pavlova is especially fine, delivering a perfect and perfectly brilliant performance of Rossini’s Alpine Shepherdess. Dmitri Volkov’s rich voice, still in early bloom, rings expansively in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Song of the Varagian Guest. Notable also is the beautiful sound of violinist Ayako Tanabe, whose singing tone makes many of the introductions more than a pleasure.  Conductor Nikolay Khondzinsky ... has done a commendable service to usic by making this fascinating repertoire and these superb performances available to us ..."

Raymond Beegle - Fanfare - May/June 2012


"... A disc as entertaining as it is thought-provoking: What more could one ask?"

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - February 2012




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