LEBRECHT LISTENS | Enigmas Of Shostakovich’s Music Discovered And Mysteries Answered In New Launch

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Shostakovich: Works Unveiled (BIS Audio)


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This album solves a thriller that goes back 8 many years. Any individual immersed in the new music of Gustav Mahler will have observed that the opening of Shostakovich’s sixth symphony is equivalent to Mahler’s unfinished tenth.

How did that transpire? Mahler’s tenth was unheard exterior Vienna, where by a partial facsimile experienced been revealed in a handful of hundred copies in 1924. Shostakovich never ever left the Soviet Union. How could he perhaps have noticed a duplicate of Mahler’s manuscript?

All, or element, can now be uncovered. The French pianist Nicolas Stavy has recorded a four-hand piano arrangement by Shostakovich of one-third of the Adagio of Mahler’s 10th. Russian experts day it to the late 1920s, but they are not able to say wherever Shostakovich noticed the unique facsimile, given that no copy existed in Russian archives. The assumption is that it was owned and shared by Shostakovich’s polymath pal Ivan Sollertinsky, but we cannot be positive.

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What we can now confirm that Shostakovich built a transcription of the Mahler topic, which in all probability emerged from his unconscious when he composed the sixth symphony beneath Stalin’s terror ten many years later in 1938. This retrieval is doubly fascinating, equally for evidence of its existence and for the random atonalities that the Russian composer interpolates into Mahler’s score.

There are even more revelations in this article. 1 is an unfinished 1945 sonata for violin and piano which signally fails to reflect Stalinist triumphalism at the conclusion of war. Shostakovich ought to have tucked it into a drawer for potential use since, as Elizabeth Wilson details out in a magisterial sleeve-note, it pops up in an early sketch for the tenth symphony of 1953.

No a lot less astonishing are 4 piano items from all-around 1917 to 1919, just one of which is titled Funeral March in Memory of Victims of the Revolution and one more, merely Toska (Nostalgia). These have been forbidden sentiments underneath early Bolshevist violence, and the composer did nicely to suppress them. What they exhibit is that at no time did Shostakovich shed sight of the human value of the historic situations that swirled about him. He mourned the blood that Lenin get rid of, and the music he wrote leaves no ambiguity to his standpoint.

The largest perform right here is an unrecorded placing of the 14th symphony for two soloists, piano and percussion — an attention-grabbing exhumation, but not in the similar stratosphere as the 3 unveiled enigmas.

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