DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Unfinished Sonata for Violin and Piano, Andantino from String Quartet No. 4, Op. 83 (arr. violin and piano Dmitri Tsyganov [1903-1992]), Violin Sonata, Op. 134, IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Symphony of Psalms (arr. piano duet Shostakovich), GAETANO BRAGA (1829-1907): La Serenata - A Walachian Legend (transcr. soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin and piano Shostakovich).

Catalogue Number: 12R037

Label: First Hand Records

Reference: FHR37

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Unlike October’s offering of the Shostakovich unfinished sonata on Challenge Classics (see 10O058 for details), this one has rather more rare material with a string quartet movement arranged in the early to mid 1960s by the first violinist of the legendary Beethoven Quartet (who gave most of the premieres of Shostakovich’s string quartets), a piano duet arrangement of the Stravinsky dating from circa 1930. But the strangest thing is not early Shostakovich, it’s the 1972 transcription of a song by the Italian composer Braga which figures in Anton Chekhov’s 1894 short story “The Black Mask” which was the last of several unrealized opera plans which, in this case, went no further than a few sketches. Presumably, La Serenata would have played a part in the opera. Russian (Cyrillic)-English text. Sasha Rozhdestvensky (Violin), Jeremy Menuhin (piano), Mookie Lee-Menuhin (duet pianist), Ilona Domnich (soprano), Alexandra Sherman (mezzo).

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