Kyiv Virtuosi & Dmitry Yablonsky - Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a & Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 59:52 min | 277 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017
An eminent violist and conductor, Rudolf Barshai was responsible for five transcriptions of Shostakovich’s String Quartets and this recording completes the sequence with the Third and Tenth (Volume 1 is on 8.573466). Barshai recast String Quartet No. 3 as a chamber symphony for strings and woodwind, the latter adding a sense of foreboding to the texture and engaging in whimsical dialogues during a work full of terseness and piercing power. Fashioning a Symphonyfor Strings from the Tenth Quartet soon after its première, Barshai graphically charts its movement from innocence lost and then tentatively regained.