To mark the centenary of the great 20th century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Arts are releasing a specially priced boxed set of the critically acclaimed complete symphony cycle, recently recorded by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi under the conductor Oleg Caetani.
This second release in the Melbourne Symphony’s invaluable perusal of the nine symphonies by the deeply cosmopolitan Franco-Pole Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986) demonstrates conclusively that in his postwar years he became an essential member of the second European modernist generation. Impressive as are the three middle symphonies (Nos. 4, 5, and 6) already available on Chandos, this program shows Tansman gathering together all of the vital and ingratiating traits he had perfected during the 1920s and 1930s into a confident and compelling idiom capable of conveying major statements.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has an outstanding reputation for presenting twentieth-century music and for rediscovering neglected composers something wonderfully demonstrated by this new recording and follows the recently critically applauded recording of Stephan orchestral works.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 and 9 powers onto the Blu-ray format with an excellent 7.1 mix encoded with the DTS-HD Master Audio codec at a 24/96khz bit and sample rate. This recording is powerful, subtle, exquisite, and rancorous. The violins and lower strings are vivid sweet and airy, woodwinds light and colorful, brass big and powerful, and trumpets blow through the air with power and authority. The sonic picture features a wide arc of musicians situated in an unusual fashion…
Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaichuk is a legendary St. Petersburg composer known mainly for his work for movies and theatre spanning about 200 films and several dozen stage performances. He is also a brilliant virtuoso performer and improviser. This CD contains waltzes and improvisations recorded at different times and at different venues in St. Petersburg between the years of 1989 and 2004. The recordings were made at the State Hermitage Museum, where Karavaichuk's favourite piano is housed, at the painter Ilya Brodsky's Memorial Museum and at the State Capelle Hall where in one of the waltzes the most significant instruments of Karavaichuk’s music - single tone horns - can be heard.
Monday, June 13, in Saint-Petersburg on 89-m to year of life has died the composer Oleg Karavaychuk (Каравайчук Олег Николаевич) – composer of music to many films and performances. Some call composer Oleg Karavaychuk a genius, others a spook. For the third one he is unknown, although, by and large, his works are known to all. Karavaychuk composed the music for 200 films.
Human develops, explores the world and himself. So much is built, progress of science is evident, timid steps into space are taken. However, he remains a captive of those laws of the universe, in which he was placed, not to mention those frames of thinking, in which he placed himself. Thrown into bondage of these dimensions, he is forced to look for the ways to escape from the ice imprisonment of his mind. To find those fragile moments that bring him to the right track of thinking and return to the right path again.