But has the catastrophe truly passed, or does the future bode another evil? A priest led a huge … The music then winds down to a more static, icier passage, the exchanges between snare drum and plucked strings mechanic and emotionless. 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. We might wonder if shades of Liszt’s Mazeppa infiltrate the action. Shostakovich Symphony No. The epic violence breaks off to leave us a winter scene, a kind of delicate silhouette of the opening, now beset by ghosts. Review: “labyrinth” – David Greilsammer, Piano, Review: Hammerschmidt – “Ach Jesus Stirbt” – Vox Luminis, Meunier, Review: Prokofiev – Symphony No. 103: II. Get our periodic classical music newsletter with our recent reviews, news and beginners guides. The liner notes all suggest a theme of defiance in the final movement, and the headlong rush of the Petrenko and Nelsons performances make that defiance seem almost machinelike and bloodless. Shostakovich's Symphony No. Shostakovich: Symphony No. Home » Classical CD Reviews » SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. Listeners now have the luxury of three outstanding recordings of this once undervalued work – highly recommended, and let’s hope it we get more Shostakovich from these forces. Shostakovich’s eleventh symphony has long divided musicologists, who debate its worth. 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. We who know our Eisenstein recall his vivid recreation of the Odessa Steps. 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 Storgårds’ tempos fall somewhere in the middle (66’43”), yet the music never feels slow, and the musical argument rarely falters. The Chandos soundstage has both, and that adds a glow and warmth to the orchestra that is lacking in the DG recording. The live performance from Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London (11 December 2019) captures in Palace Square: Adagio the ominous, the lingering dread of the calm prior to the storm, haunted strings and distant, muted brass fanfares, flute and side-drum, intrusive tympanic beats under a pastoral song. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This is one of the most distinguished work of Shostakovich, and tells about "1905 Revolution" (09.01.1905). Shostakovich in movement two, The 9th of January: Allegro, will, to use Shakespeare’s timely phrase, “Cry havoc!” and lets loose the dogs of war. 11 . 11 Dmitri Shostakovich (Composer), Leopold Stokowski (Conductor), Houston Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra) Stream songs including "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. 5 – Oslo Philharmonic, Petrenko, Editor’s Choice: The Best New Classical Music Albums, January 2021, Review: Shostakovich – String Quartets No. 11 – London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vladimir Jurowski – London Philharmonic, by Audiophile Audition | Nov 28, 2020 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments. 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?" 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. What perhaps lifts this new performance above Nelsons/DG is the recorded sound. 11 (The Year 1905) Vladimir Jurowski conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra Pieter Schoeman leader. This is a marvelous recording of Shostakovich's 11th symphony. Read our Best Of guides for classical music. By David … 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. This symphony required a large orchestra (ex. Your email address will not be published. Today’s talents will be tomorrow’s legends. Conlon, music director of the Los Angeles Opera, was about to lead the New World Symphony in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. The third movement, “Eternal Memory,” benefits again from a slightly slower tempo and the greater flexibility of line that Storgårds allows himself. We can hear the Eleventh Symphony simply as a straightforward homage to the heroes and martyrs of the 1905 Revolution, as Shostakovich suggested. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11- The Year 1905 Dmitri Shostakovich (Composer), Vasily Petrenko (Conductor), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra) By movement’s end, the woodwinds seem to be bleating like sheep, while the tympany beats out a militant tattoo of inevitability. 103 ("The Year 1905"). Even as his professional fortunes rose, his personal life was tragic and confused. Here Petrenko’s faster tempo (13’44”) intensifies the inhumanity of it all, but the scene is still powerfully affecting in Storgårds’ reading. Aided by resplendent, indeed, cinematic Chandos sound, the January 22, 1905 events at the winter palace (known as Bloody Sunday) are vividly brought to life. Shostakovich (1969–1981) is a series of thirty oil paintings by Aubrey Williams. 11 The Year 1905. All rights reserved. The Symphony No. Mark’s notes on Shostakovich Symphony No. The Classic Review was launched in 2018 for classical music lovers around the globe. 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". 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. 103: I. Adagio (The Palace Square)", "Symphony No. Storgårds somehow engenders a more human and optimistic feeling, and the clanging bells are thrillingly caught (the conductor uses four church bells rather than the standard orchestral tubular bells). 11 in G minor, Op. The grim, plucked notes return as the music subsides into the original lachrymosa. 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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 11, 'The Year 1905' (Proms 2013) 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. Yet Storgårds’ sure control of the line makes it work. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means. 11 is one of Shostakovich’s less multi-dimensional symphonies, the range of interpretations it has yielded is surprising. 11 In G Minor, Op. The high flute adds a sense of mania to the convulsive drama, which has quite assumed the character of a film score. On that fateful day, the Tsar’s palace guards gunned down 200 unarmed demonstrators – a procession of workers led by Orthodox priest George Gapon to deliver a petition to the Tsar – outside of St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace. . His opening movement features intensely beautiful string playing, dynamics at pianissimo for most of its duration. All Rights Reserved. Both performances feature exceptional playing and flowing tempos (Petrenko 57’37” and Nelsons 62’39”) that give the work a coherent symphonic structure. 11 (“The Year 1905”)BBC PhilharmonicJohn Storgårds – ConductorChandos Records, Hybrid SACD CHSA 5278, Read more classical music reviews or visit The Classic Review Amazon store. His wife died in 1954, leaving him a single parent of two teenagers. Both Nelsons and Storgårds add almost 4 minutes to Petrenko’s overly quick reading (13’46”), using the extra time to create a more foreboding atmosphere. Is it movie music without a movie? Shostakovich's Symphony No 11 is a remarkable piece with a powerful statement and it's brilliantly orchestrated by the BBC Philharmonic. 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). Please Subscribe to our New channel @PAINTED. Copyright ©2018 Audiophile Audition. Listen to Shostakovich: Symphony No. Is it propaganda? Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 'The Year 1905' / Petrenko, Royal Liverpool PO Richter in Recital - Haydn, Debussy, Prokofiev Gabriela Montero Plays Chopin, Falla, Ginastera, Granados, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin - Includes Bonus Improvisations Disc / Gabriela Montero, piano Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 / Stokowski, Houston SO Release Date: 03/15/1994 Label: Warner Classics Catalog #: 65206 Spars Code: ADD Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor: Leopold Stokowski Orchestra/Ensemble: Houston Symphony Orchestra Number of Discs: 1 Recorded in: Stereo Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. At last, the people proceed to march, The Tocsin movement, with the brass having incited an alarm. 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. Is it of a piece with the cinematic potboilers Shostakovich wrote to get himself back into the good graces of the Soviet government after his denunciation by Stalin's cultural henchmen? 5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich 11 In D.C. Our most recent subscription concert performances were given on June 11 and 12, 1999, with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting. Both Petrenko and Nelsons play the second movement in less than 19 minutes, whereas Storgårds takes a little over 21 minutes. 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. It covers new album reviews by knowledgeable and independent writers, as well as in-depth guides and news. 11, In The Year 1905. The percussion invokes recollections of the opening movement, augmented in color by the English horn. Jurowski builds this grueling movement slowly to a fierce climax in tympani, anguished strings, and brass, rife with a vengeful aspect that must have burned in the hearts of a wounded populace. 1 – Dausgaard, Review: Weinberg – Symphony No. Shostakovich: Symphony No. Jurowski’s live performance is 14 minutes shorter overall than Rostropovich’s with the LSO back in 2002. A solid performance to add to some illustrious readings, by Mravinsky, Stokowski, and recently, Petrenko. Shostakovich casts his four movements as a psychological and physical, theatrical continuum that will depict the progression from icy stillness to active horror. Shostakovich worked on his 11th Symphony during the summer of 1956, meaning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Revolution of 1905. AUDIOPHILE AUDITION is a free international online magazine for audio buffs, record collectors and music lovers. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 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. 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. From the start, critical opinion has been split on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 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. 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. It is a close knot thing in the final movement – all three performances offer compelling readings, though Nelsons’ deliberate opening tempo is unconvincing. 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. These questions have, to some extent, been answered in the last 12 years by two recordings that mined a heretofore undiscovered profundity from the score: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic led by Vasily Petrenko on Naxos, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons, part of their ongoing cycle for DG. 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. Shostakovich – Symphony No. Allegro (The 9th of January)" and more. 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. Shostakovich: Symphony No. Given that No. 2, 7 & 8 – Pavel Haas Quartet, Review: Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra, Suite No. Shostakovich worked on his 11th Symphony during the summer of 1956, meaning to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Revolution of 1905. 11 in G minor, Op. Deutsche Gramophone successfully creates a wide soundstage without a corresponding sense of width (front to back perspective). The various choir entries make me recall the gathering of the angry Paris poor – led by an aroused Thomas Mitchell – as they converge on the cathedral in the 1935 The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 1 – Moog, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Milton, Review: Britten – Saint Nicolas, A Ceremony of Carols – BBC Concert Orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Temple, Read of the latest news in classical music, Looking for the best version of a classical music piece? 11 by Oleg Caetani & Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi on Apple Music. 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). 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. Shostakovich: Symphony No. The spirit of revolution is infused into the fabric of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, from its opening notes to its final closing breaths. Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, written in the aftermath of the death of Stalin is widely regarded as his greatest orchestral work, and a masterpiece of the twentieth century. It covers classical music reviews, as well as in-depth guides and classical music news. 11 recalled the events of series of worker strikes in St. Petersburg, Russia, that crippled the city. Shostakovich utilizes a constant shift of major and minor to add an undercurrent ambivalence as to the effectiveness of any “triumph.” Jurowski elicits mighty tuttis that broil up from the LPO, especially as tolling bells on G in both major and minor thirds leave the Russian soul devastated of any faith in the “divine right” of monarchs. 11 In G Minor, Op. 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