DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): New Babylon, Op. 18 - Complete Film Score, A Year is Like a Lifetime, Op. 120a - Suite
Catalogue Number: 03I104
Label: Hännsler Classic
Reference: CD 93.188
Description: The 95 minutes of New Babylon recorded here derive from a newly available manuscript in the composer's hand which was compared with a proof copy from the Shostakovich estate before this recording was made. In addition, conductor Strobel synced the music with the only surviving print of the 1929 silent film, making this the most authentic version of the music possible. Even more unusual is the coupling - a 45-minute suite from a 1965 film which dealt with Karl Marx's stayover in Paris in 1849 before his move to London. There is much highly attractive music in the long, 15-minute track entitled Farewell (Monologue) as well as familiar earthshaking and teeth-jarring "alarm" and "battle" music in the Barricades and Battle tracks; and, for admirers of Shostakovich's way with this particular genre, a three-minute Little Waltz. 2 CDs. Kai Adomeit (piano), Kaiserslautern Radio Symphony Orchestra; Frank Strobel.