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Dmitry Shostakovich – Cantatas – Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dmitry Shostakovich – Cantatas – Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 1:19:51 minutes | 860 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Classics/Erato
Recorded live in the Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn 18-20 April 2012

Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra turn to rarely performed choral works by Dmitri Shostakovich: Song of the Forests Op. 81, The Sun Shines on our Motherland Op. 90, and The Execution of Stepan Razin Op. 119. The new release confirms Järvi’s reputation as a conductor with a deep understanding for the music of Shostakovich, as well as a particular affinity for choral music, which has a strong tradition in his homeland. These cantatas have a particular significance in Estonia – a former Soviet Socialist Republic under Stalinist rule. By the time Shostakovich composed The Execution of Stepan Razin for bass, concert chorus and orchestra in 1964, Stalin had died and the composer felt able to take a few risks under the regime of Nikita Khrushchev. The cantata is set to a grisly poem about a 17th-century Cossack revolutionary. Järvi calls the work an “absolute masterpiece” and a “critical view of the Soviet regime”.

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
1 The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119 29:25
2 The Sun Shines over our Motherland, Op. 90 14:17
The Song of the Forests, Op. 81
3 I. The war ended in victory (Bass, Chorus) 05:00
4 II. We will clothe our homeland with forests (Boys Chorus) 02:53
5 III. Memories of the past (Bass, Chorus) 07:00
6 IV. The pioneers plant the forests (Boys Chorus) 02:01
7 V. The people of Stalingrad go forth (Chorus) 03:24
8 VI. A walk into the future (Tenor, Chorus) 06:32
9 VII. Glory (Tenor, Bass, Boys Chorus, Chorus) 09:19

Aleksei Tanovitski – bass
Kostiantin Andrejev – tenor
Narva Boys Choir
Estonian Concert Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi – conductor


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