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Cat. No. CHAN 55001 Price: £41 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 55001 - Shostakovich: Dvd-Rom
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Available From: 06 March 2001
This DSCH- CD-ROM and DVD-ROM – is the first ever produced on the basis of the composer’s letters, his compositions, declassified documents, recollections of this contemporaries, photographs and video files.

Each format contains 87 examples of music performed by the composer or by major contemporary musicians; over 350 pages of text including 230 letters; over 800 photos; and 33 excerpts of archive film (CD-ROM 16 excerpts)

The original idea and the script were developed by the international award-winning documentary-film director, Oksana Dvornichenko. Work on the project consumed over two years and was conducted in collaboration with the composer’s estate. The DVD/CD-ROM includes many of Shostakovich’s unpublished letters, autographs and rough notes of opuses, photographs from family albums, from museums, from private collections and archives as well as declassified documents that bring to light many of the secrets behind his life and music.

Most of the documents and data are available for the first time. The sources for the chronicle of Shostakovich’s life and work range from letters written by him at the age of nine to ones written shortly before his death. These documents transform the story into one told by the composer himself with the assistance of his with Irina, his daughter Galina and son Maxim as well as friends Mstislav Rostropovich, Krysztof Penderecki, Evgeny Mravinsky, Rudolph Barshai, Pietro Argento and Van Cliburn. These appear for the first time. Also on this release are the fragments of the diary of Zinaida Gayamova, Shostakovich’s former secretary who was entrusted with the mass of his correspondence during his lifetime.

150 unique collage screens depict works of the composer. In addition there are the hundreds of reproduced autographs of his works, both are famous and unknown, and the fragments of his lost opera The Gypsies. There are also copious musical excerpts of Shostakovich performing his own works and of his musical collaborations with such greats of our century as Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and the Beethoven Quartet. There are official portraits of the older-bearing composer, several of him together with family and friends and a look at the Shostakovich family album. There are film sequences that are being seen for the first time as well as thirty-one other fragments dating from as early as 1933 and fragments from the well-known film Dmitri Shostakovich, a documentary portrayal of his last appearances.

All of the texts are linked to the ‘Comments’ section offering biographies of 150 performers,

friends, writers and family members. There is an complete Shostakovich discography comprising

over 2000 items, provided by Emmanuel Utwiller, Director of the ‘Dmitri Shostakovich’

Contemporary Music Information Centre in Paris, as well as links to the Shostakovich project’s

internet site and others devoted to the composer.
Reviews

‘So congratulations to Chandos for taking the plunge in what is largely an untested market – though a highly promising one – and with such a successful publication.’
International Record Review

'…the sheer volume of new materials presented here, and their very high quality, lead one to recommend this first volume of Chandos' 'Cultural Heritage Series' without hesitation. It is a fine achievement.'
BBC Music Magazine

'Aficionados need not hesitate.'
Gramophone

‘…the sheer volume of new materials presented here, and their very high quality, lead one to recommend this first volume of Chandos’ ‘Cultural Heritage Series’ without hesitation. It is a fine achievement.’
BBC Music Magazine

 

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