Shostakovich: The Gadfly (Complete) / Fitz-Gerald, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Set in mid-nineteenth-century Italy during a turbulent period of pre-Unification political unrest, The Gadfly drew from Shostakovich one of his most dazzling and popular film scores, heard hitherto on record only in a suite arranged and reorchestrated by Levon Atovmian. This recording presents the full, original score for the first time, as closely as possible to shostakovich’s original conception. Reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald from the original manuscript and the Russian film soundtrack, it calls for a large orchestra including church bells, an organ, two guitars and a mandolin, all excluded from the Atovmian suite. The excerpts from The Counterplan, which marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 1917 Revolution, include the infectious hit-tune The Song of the Counterplan.
Catalog Number: 8573747
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Fitz-Gerald
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Christian Wernicke, Elke Voelker, Florian Barak, Nikolaus Boewer, Ralph Herrnkind