Logged
Out
Shopping Basket
 
Cat. No. CHAN 10296 Price: Ł10.5 No. of discs: 1
CD Logo
CHAN 10296 - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 for two pianos
Download Hi-Res Artwork
Download Booklet as a PDF
 
This product is also available as a download from
 

Audio Sample
spacer

Available From: 07 March 2005
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 had an inauspicious start. It was withdrawn before its first planned performance, and its full manuscript score disappeared during the Second World War. This arrangement for two pianos was, therefore, for many years, the only available documentation of this important work.

Amongst a later generation of the composer’s disciples was the young composer Boris Tischenko, who decided to undertake a public performance of the two piano arrangement with Professor Dmitriev of the Leningrad Conservatory in the presence of the composer as part of the institution’s 100th anniversary celebrations. This was apparently some time in 1960; shortly afterwards it became known that the composer’s assistant had discovered a set of parts of the symphony from which the original score could be reassembled. The premiere orchestral performance took place with the composer’s enthusiastic approval, in Moscow in 1961, some twenty-five years late. With the official Soviet Russian publication of the full score the following year, a long-standing and embarrassing gap in the composer’s numbered symphonies was closed at last.

Shostkovich’s arrangement of his Symphony No. 4 is a straight transcription of the work and constitutes a notable addition to the two-piano concert hall repertoire. It might even be advanced that heard in this form the symphony gains in sharpness and clarity from a linear and harmonic point of view, revealing above all Shostakovich’s power as an outstanding contrapuntist and showing that – as in the music of J.S. Bach, for whom the composer had the greatest admiration – a line drawing of the orchestral original by no means diminishes its impact. Moreover, the percussive and wide dynamic range of grand piano sonorities are admirably suited to the overall character of this highly charged music. In short, this is a valuable companion to the original version.
"Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 had an inauspicious start. It was withdrawn before its first planned performance, and its full manuscript score disappeared during the Second World War. This arrangement for two pianos was, therefore, for many years, the only available documentation of this important work.

Amongst a later generation of the composer’s disciples was the young composer Boris Tischenko, who decided to undertake a public performance of the two piano arrangement with Professor Dmitriev of the Leningrad Conservatory in the presence of the composer as part of the institution’s 100th anniversary celebrations. This was apparently some time in 1960; shortly afterwards it became known that the composer’s assistant had discovered a set of parts of the symphony from which the original score could be reassembled. The premiere orchestral performance took place with the composer’s enthusiastic approval, in Moscow in 1961, some twenty-five years late. With the official Soviet Russian publication of the full score the following year, a long-standing and embarrassing gap in the composer’s numbered symphonies was closed at last.

Shostkovich’s arrangement of his Symphony No. 4 is a straight transcription of the work and constitutes a notable addition to the two-piano concert hall repertoire. It might even be advanced that heard in this form the symphony gains in sharpness and clarity from a linear and harmonic point of view, revealing above all Shostakovich’s power as an outstanding contrapuntist and showing that – as in the music of J.S. Bach, for whom the composer had the greatest admiration – a line drawing of the orchestral original by no means diminishes its impact. Moreover, the percussive and wide dynamic range of grand piano sonorities are admirably suited to the overall character of this highly charged music. In short, this is a valuable companion to the original version.

"
Reviews

Hayroudinoff plays with an electrifying and compelling inevitability that connects the listener with the composer himself… The larger than life recording suits the exuberance of Hayroudinoff s stunning artistry to a tee.
Classic FM Magazine ‘Best Buy’ on CHAN 10107 (Rachmaninov)

Rustem Hayroudinoff proves himself to be a player in the great Russian virtuoso tradition.
Gramophone on CHAN 10095 (Rachmaninov)

This two-piano version played an important role in rescuing one of Shostakovich’s most innovative scores from Communist Part mandated obscurity. Harmonically and formally this is one of the composer’s most boldly original creations
American Record Guide

Superb premiere recording of Shostakovich’s own 1936 arrangement for two pianos – the only form in which the work was heard before 1960.
Classic FM Magazine

Rustem Hayroudinoff proves himself to be a player in the great Russian virtuoso tradition.
Gramophone on CHAN 10095 (Rachmaninov)

As Eric Roseberry suggests in the booklet, there are gains in linear clarity; often one is so carried along by sheer volume or weight of the orchestral textures that it is easy to forget how contrapuntal the music actually is… Hayroudinoff and Stone impress with their knowledge of the score, giving a well-prepared, gutsy performance, superbly engineered by Jonathan Cooper and Michael Common.
Gramophone

The reading is accorded a spacious yet detailed sound – the carefully rethought dynamic range rendered with exemplary clarity, and the placing of each piano with the aural picture readily enhancing the most complex passagework. That this is a major Shostakovich release goes without saying, but, more than that, it will hopefully lead to frequent hearings, during the composer’s centenary year and beyond, of what is here revealed as an absorbing and perceptive transcription.
International Record Review

Rustem Hayroudinoff s fresh, intelligent andtremendously witty playing makes this a CD Id give anyone for Christmas. This young Russian is clearly a deep-thinking, independent and very characterful artist and concert halls should book him, fast.
BBC Music Magazine ‘Best of 2001’ on CHAN 9907 (Shostakovich)

 

Home : Classical Music Special Offers [Competitions] : Search [Browse : Catalogue : Advanced] : Your Account
Contact [Email Us : Call Us : Write To Us] :
Help [Troubleshooting : How To Order : Music Licensing.]
: The Site Map : Web Links: Complete Listing
: :