Järvi, Paavo

Shostakovich: Cantatas 'Song of the Forests'

CD
27 Apr 2015

Barcode: 0825646166664

Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich
Other participants: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra turn to rarely performed choral works by Dmitri Shostakovich: Song of the Forests Op. 81, The Sun Shines on our Motherland Op. 90, and The Execution of Stepan Razin Op. 119. The new release confirms Järvi’s reputation as a conductor with a deep understanding for the music of Shostakovich, as well as a particular affinity for choral music, which has a strong tradition in his homeland. These cantatas have a particular significance in Estonia – a former Soviet Socialist Republic under Stalinist rule. By the time Shostakovich composed The Execution of Stepan Razin for bass, concert chorus and orchestra in 1964, Stalin had died and the composer felt able to take a few risks under the regime of Nikita Khrushchev. The cantata is set to a grisly poem about a 17th-century Cossack revolutionary. Järvi calls the work an “absolute masterpiece” and a “critical view of the Soviet regime”.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119 (Live)  - Paavo Järvi 
02 Shostakovich: The Sun Shines over our Motherland, Op. 90 (Live)  - Paavo Järvi 
03 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: I. The war ended in victory (Bass, Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
04 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: II. We will clothe our homeland with forests (Boys Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
05 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: III. Memories of the past (Bass, Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
06 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: IV. The pioneers plant the forests (Boys Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
07 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: V. The people of Stalingrad go forth (Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
08 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: VI. A walk into the future (Tenor, Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 
09 Shostakovich: The Song of the Forests, Op. 81: VII. Glory (Tenor, Bass, Boys Chorus, Chorus) - Live  - Paavo Järvi 


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