BORIS TISHCHENKO (1939-2010): Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 (USSR Radio and TV Orchestra; Maxim Shostakovich. March 18, 1978), Concerto for Flute, Piano and Strings, Op. 54 (Valentin Zverev [flute], Alexei Nasedkin [piano], Soloists of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra; Eduard Serov. June 1978).
Catalogue Number: 01P007
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 99111
Description: The Fifth was Tishchenko's response to the death of his teacher, mentor and colleague, Shostakovich. Anyone who enjoys Tishchenko's full-blooded orchestral style will find this piece an instant favorite. It avoids entirely the excursions into avant-garde experimentation (breaking glass, sirens, extended techniques and whatever) that the composer incorporated into his Dante cycle, for instance; this is a more or less conventional symphony, in a freely adapted five movement version of symphonic form, very much in the Shostakovich mold. In fact, as a tribute to the older composer, this work is at once one of Tishchenko's most passionate and powerful works and the most deeply indebted to Shostakovich - much of the music inhabits his distinctive soundworld and there are numerous direct quotations, for instance from the 8th and 10th symphonies in the demonic scherzo, as well as the inevitable repeated appearances of the DSCH motif; in fact the piece is a tapestry of allusions, more or less openly displayed, throughout, which the dedicated Shostakovich fan can have hours of fun identifying. Tishchenko also combines self-quotations with those from Shostakovich, making this an especially personal and emotionally compelling work, for all its deliberately derivative character.