Shostakovch: Execution of Stepan Razin; Zoya Suite / Ashkenazy, Helsinki Phiharmonic

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• With this release Ondine presents two dramatic works by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Execution of Stepan Razin and the Zoya Suite, coupled with his Suite on Finnish Themes.
• The Execution of Stepan Razin, premiered in Moscow in 1964, got a mixed reception. The execution scene and the final, tragic vision is simply spine-chilling: Stepan Razin’s bloody head rolls to the ground and bursts out laughing at the Tsar. Capturing rich intonations and melodies of the text, the bass soloist and the chorus engage in a multi-layered dialogue of this very theatrical work.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: August 27, 2013

  • Catalog Number: ODE 1225-2

  • UPC: 761195122525

  • Label: Ondine

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Latvian State Choir