Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich​ (1906-1975) is called a ruthless chronicler of the time he lived in. The fate of the artist is intertwined with the complex contradictory reality of Soviet Russia. People’s Artist of the USSR and a Hero of Socialist Labor, winner of numerous state awards, MP and member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, honorary doctor and member of world academies of art, with recognition and fame around the world, Shostakovich is both a living classic of the 20th  century, and author of music “formalistic and harmful” and is being  criticized, re-educated. He is perceived as a talented “facade” of socialist art, behind which we see both loyal and deeply tragic works and ruthless satires.

The composer achieved early successes with his Symphony No 1, which made him globally famous, with the ballets “The Golden Age” and “Bolt”, the opera “Nose”. After Stalin’s visit to one of the performances of the acclaimed opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” (“Katerina Izmailova”), an article  titled “Chaos instead of music” was published in the “Pravda” Daily  in 1936 . In heated discussions, Dmitry Dmitrievich’s opera and music in general were denounced as “formalistic.” Barely a survivor, Shostakovich forever refused to write operas and turned his creative ideas to symphony, concert and chamber music. Free field for the expression of free thought!

Works


"From Jewish Folk Poetry", Op. 79 A, a Song cycle for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor and Orchestra
"Katerina Izmailova" - Opera in Four Acts
"Song of the Forests" - Oratorio, Op. 81
"The Execution of Stepan Razin"
"The Song of Piece" - Choir Song
"Walts of the Dolls"
"Waltz" from Jazz Suite No. 2
24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87
Ballet Suite from "The Bolt", Op. 27a
Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110a
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.1
Concerto for Piano and Orchesta No.1, (Piano, Trumpet and Strings) in C minor, Op. 35
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in a moll, op.77
Festive Overture
Finale from Symphony No. 2
Finale from Symphony No.5
First Movement from Symphony No.9 in E flat major, Op. 70
Four Preludes, Op. 34
Hamlet Op. 32a
Moscow Cheryomushki
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Prelude and Fugue in g minor, Op. 87, No.22
Preludes from Op.34 for Clarinet and Piano
Seven Romances for Soprano and Piano Trio, Op. 127
Six Romances for Bass and Piano, Op. 46
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
String Quartet No. 14
String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 8
String Quartet No.10
String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op. 122
String Quartet No.3 in F major
String quartet No.6
String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor, op.108
Suite from Movie "The Gadfly"
Suite from Movie "The New Babylon"
Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Opus 93
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135, for Soprano, Bass and String Orchestra with Percussion
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No.1
Symphony No.11
Symphony No.11 - Second Movement
Symphony No.12
Symphony No.13, Op.113
Symphony No.15 in A Dur, op.41
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.9 in E-flat major, Op.70
The Second violoncello concerto
Three Romances on Poems by Pushkin
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 2
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8, No.1
Two Pieces for String Octet
Waltz from the film "The First Echelon"

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