Wartime Music, Vol. 4 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Russian River, Op. 66, Native Leningrad, Op. 63, Symphony No. 9, Op. 70.
Catalogue Number: 11L010
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 9976
Description: Half of this 50-minute oddity is taken up by what is probably the first CD appearances of theatrical music written for the NKVD Song and Dance Ensemble of the F.E. Dzerzhinsky Club (doesn't that sound unbelievable? Surely you jest. But no!) in 1942 and 1944. The music not consisting of patriotic choruses ("Overture", based on revolutionary songs, "Battle for Stalingrad", "Song of the October Victory", "Ode for Leningrad" and "Final Song") which, in themselves, are exactly what the NKVD would have wanted for its Ensemble, are a 15-second March and two typical Shostakovich galops ("Football" and "Dance of Youth"). Also, you shouldn't be surprised to hear an echo of Stravinsky's Firebird here or a theme from the unperformed Symphony No. 4 there. Russian (Cyrillic)-English texts. Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Titov.