Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti (CD)

Ildar Abdrazakov (Artist), Alberto Mizrahi (Artist), Arnold Schoenberg (Composer), Dmitri Shostakovich (Composer)

Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich
Audio CD (September 30, 2016)
Number of Discs: 1

This new live recording pairs profound works by two of the twentieth century`s greatest composers: Arnold Schoenberg and Dmitri Shostakovich. Writer Phillip Huscher describes Schoenberg`s Kol Nidre a `stark, strong modernist statement,` set to the prayer said on the eve of Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. Schoenberg, who had fled Europe in 1934, premiered the work in Los Angeles in 1938, one month before the devastating the anti Jewish pogroms of Kristallnacht took place throughout Nazi-Germany. Shostakovich`s suite explores similarly weighty concerns, including themes of love, morality, death, and the human spirit through the poetry of the Renaissance master Michelangelo. Although originally conceived to honor the fifth centenary of the artist`s birth, Shostakovich`s settings became a highly personal testament to concerns the two men shared across the centuries.


Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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