Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, In The Year 1905. This is a marvelous recording of Shostakovich's 11th symphony. We might wonder if shades of Liszt’s Mazeppa infiltrate the action. 11 “The Year 1905” ... Shostakovich was named "People's Artist of the USSR" in 1954 and was awarded the Order of Lenin, the USSR's highest decoration, on his 50th birthday in 1956. Shostakovich casts his four movements as a psychological and physical, theatrical continuum that will depict the progression from icy stillness to active horror. By David … Symphony No. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. Stream songs including "Symphony No. 1 – Dausgaard, Review: Weinberg – Symphony No. That the premier in 1957 coincided with Russian suppression of Hungarian patriots in October and November 1956, intensified the composer’s implied message that Soviet brutality and atrocity – Soviet troops took 2000 Hungarian lives – could engender a similar resistance to oppression. 11 Dmitri Shostakovich (Composer), Leopold Stokowski (Conductor), Houston Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra) 103 ("The Year 1905"). He wanted it to reflect, if not copy, “the Russian revolutionary songs” of the era, the time of the first popular uprising against tsarist tyranny. Shostakovich (1969–1981) is a series of thirty oil paintings by Aubrey Williams. Both Petrenko and Nelsons play the second movement in less than 19 minutes, whereas Storgårds takes a little over 21 minutes. Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2016 One would be hard-pressed to find a nation that was so adverse to artistic freedom as Russia under the yoke of totalitarians like Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and others and yet at the same also produced some of the greatest works of art in the 20th century. Allegro (The 9th of January)" and more. In comparison, Rostropovich’s last recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, widely acclaimed at the time of its release, seems episodic and disjointed at 72’24”, while the recorded sound (recorded live at London’s Barbican) is disappointing. Shostakovich’s eleventh symphony has long divided musicologists, who debate its worth. His opening movement features intensely beautiful string playing, dynamics at pianissimo for most of its duration. The high flute adds a sense of mania to the convulsive drama, which has quite assumed the character of a film score. 11 The Year 1905. The percussion invokes recollections of the opening movement, augmented in color by the English horn. At first, a sense of peace and possible reconciliation with the powers of government sings out fervently, only to be engulfed by dissonant, destructive forces in the side-drum, diviso strings in canon, blaring brass, tympani and cymbals, and whirling woodwinds, a phantasma of murder and madness. Some listeners might sense a drop in intensity after the climax, but the characterful playing of the BBC winds propel the music towards its next climax at 7’25” (the trombones particularly prominent). But has the catastrophe truly passed, or does the future bode another evil? However, we can also experience the music as a commentary on the Soviets’ brutal suppression of the Hungarian uprising of 1956, which was taking place as Shostakovich composed the Eleventh Symphony. 12, subtitled “The Year 1917.” The 1961 work is often considered the composer’s weakest symphony, its poor reputation stemming partly from its submission to the demands of Soviet propaganda. 11 ostensibly was written to commemorate the tragic events of January 9, 1905, when several hundred of about 10,000 demonstrators at the Tsar's St. Petersburg winter palace were killed on orders from government officials.The slaughter incited further demonstrations and anti-Tsarist activities, culminating in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Shostakovich: Symphony No. All Rights Reserved. We who know our Eisenstein recall his vivid recreation of the Odessa Steps. A priest led a huge … 103: I. Adagio (The Palace Square)", "Symphony No. 11 in G minor (Opus 103; subtitled The Year 1905) by Dmitri Shostakovich was written in 1957 to mark the fourtieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1905... - oops, that's 52 years, isn't it?Obviously, the work was written for the fourtieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, but deals with the events from the Russian Revolution of 1905. Listen to Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 – London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vladimir Jurowski – London Philharmonic, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). Nelsons is particularly strong in this movement, and the Boston Symphony playing is astounding – if there is a reason to prefer the Storgårds performance, it is the superior Chandos sound, which makes the climax that begins at 7’45” overwhelming in its impact. 11 – London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vladimir Jurowski – London Philharmonic, by Audiophile Audition | Nov 28, 2020 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments. His wife died in 1954, leaving him a single parent of two teenagers. By contrast, his Eleventh, which followed four years later frequently gets a bad press, because it is perceived to be too programmatic, repetitive and populist. The third movement, “Eternal Memory,” benefits again from a slightly slower tempo and the greater flexibility of line that Storgårds allows himself. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Shostakovich – Symphony No. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first subscription concert performances of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony were given at Orchestra Hall on January 19 and 20, 1961, with André Cluytens conducting. Revolution On the morning of Sunday 9th January 1905, thousands of Russians gathered in front of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. The pertinent questions with Shostakovich's Eleventh, however, are not "how impressive is the performance" and "how imposing is the recording," but "how honest is the performance" and "how real is the recording?" Deutsche Gramophone successfully creates a wide soundstage without a corresponding sense of width (front to back perspective). Where is the emotional depth we hear in the Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Symphonies? Shostakovich: Symphony No. Shostakovich's Symphony No. Shostakovich: Symphony No. Get our periodic classical music newsletter with our recent reviews, news and beginners guides. 2 & 21 – Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Review: Vikingur Ólafsson Plays Rameau and Debussy, Review: Monteverdi – il terzo libro de’ madrigali – Alessandrini, Review: “Dear Mademoiselle” – Astrig Siranossian, Cello, Review: Saint-Saëns – Chamber Works – Chamayou, Capuçon, Moreau, Review: “Penderecki’s Sinfonietta(s)” – Sinfonietta Cracovia, Jurek Dybał, Review: Brahms – Piano Concerto No. Listen to the biting exchange between brass and lower strings at 2’10”, which then builds to a tremendous climax at 2’36”. The orchestral playing is vividly intense, the trombone glissandos (13’55”) snarling out the rage of the protestors, leading into a shattering climax as the soldiers slaughter them. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2, 7 & 8 – Pavel Haas Quartet, Review: Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra, Suite No. It covers classical music reviews, as well as in-depth guides and classical music news. Both performances feature exceptional playing and flowing tempos (Petrenko 57’37” and Nelsons 62’39”) that give the work a coherent symphonic structure. Each painting in the series is based on a particular symphony or quartet by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, whom Williams regarded as "the greatest composer of [his] time". Shostakovich's Symphony No 11 is a remarkable piece with a powerful statement and it's brilliantly orchestrated by the BBC Philharmonic. Is it movie music without a movie? Shostakovich’s eleventh symphony has long divided musicologists, who debate its worth. 11, 'The Year 1905' (Proms 2013) Shostakovich enshrined the events of “Bloody Sunday,” 9 January 1905, in a programmatic symphony equally the musical counterpart of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film Battleship Potemkin. The Classic Review was launched in 2018 for classical music lovers around the globe. The next build-up begins at 11’59” as the snare drum suggests gunfire while the strings begin one of those unrelenting marches that so often feature in Shostakovich’s symphonic writing. From the start, critical opinion has been split on Shostakovich's Symphony No. This is one of the most distinguished work of Shostakovich, and tells about "1905 Revolution" (09.01.1905). Shostakovich Symphony No. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab In the symphony these historical aspects come to light through the movement titles ('The Palace Square' etc) and in Shostakovich's use of several revolutionary songs throughout it. Copyright ©2018 Audiophile Audition. By movement’s end, the woodwinds seem to be bleating like sheep, while the tympany beats out a militant tattoo of inevitability. Read our Best Of guides for classical music. The spirit of revolution is infused into the fabric of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, from its opening notes to its final closing breaths. 11 In G Minor, Op. 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