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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Shostakovich - "Symphony No. 14 (hr-sinfonieorchester cond. Klaus Mäkelä)" [Classical]

Symphony No. 14 (hr-sinfonieorchester cond. Klaus Mäkelä)

"Symphony No. 14 (hr-sinfonieorchester cond. Klaus Mäkelä)" music video by Shostakovich
Added: 21-10-2020
Genre : Classical
Description : Schostakowitsch: 14. Sinfonie - hr-Sinfonieorchester - Värelä - Kares - Klaus Mäkelä

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch:
14. Sinfonie op. 135 

für Sopran, Bass und Kammerorchester
auf Gedichte von Federico García Lorca, Guillaume Apollinaire,
Wilhelm Küchelbecker und Rainer Maria Rilke 

1. De profundis (Bass) 
2. Malagueña (Sopran)
3. Loreley (Sopran und Bass) 
4. Der Selbstmörder (Sopran) 
5. Auf Wacht (Sopran) 
6. Sehen Sie, Madame! (Sopran und Bass) 
7. Im Kerker der Santé (Bass) 
8. Antwort der Zaporoger Kosaken an den Sultan von Konstantinopel (Bass) 
9. O Delvig, Delvig! (Bass) 
10. Der Tod des Dichters (Sopran) 
11. Schlußstück (Sopran und Bass) 

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony 
Miina-Liisa Värelä, Sopran 
Mika Kares, Bass  
Klaus Mäkelä, Dirigent  

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt, 1. Oktober 2020



The Symphony No. 14 (Op. 135) by Dmitri Shostakovich was completed in the spring of 1969, and was premiered later that year. It is a work for soprano, bass and a small string orchestra with percussion, consisting of eleven linked settings of poems by four authors. Most of the poems deal with the theme of death, particularly that of unjust or early death. They were set in Russian, although two other versions of the work exist with the texts all back-translated from Russian either into their original languages or into German. The symphony is dedicated to Benjamin Britten (who gave the UK premiere the following year at Aldeburgh).

Besides the soloists, the symphony is scored for a chamber orchestra consisting only of strings and percussion. The strings consist of ten violins, four violas, three cellos, and two double basses, and the percussion section (three players) includes wood block, castanets, whip, soprano, alto and tenor tom-toms, xylophone, Tubular bells, vibraphone, and celesta. The percussion section does not include common instruments such as timpani, bass drum, cymbals, or triangle.

The Fourteenth Symphony was a creative response to Modest Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, which Shostakovich had orchestrated in 1962, as well as to the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia following Alexander Dub?ek's Prague Spring reforms there. Like Mussorgsky, Shostakovich brings back the subject of death in various images and situations. The Mussorgsky cycle contains only four songs — too few to do justice to Mussorgsky's concept, Shostakovich felt. He proceeded to expand it by selecting 11 poems by Federico García Lorca, Guillaume Apollinaire, Wilhelm Küchelbecker and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Shostakovich attached great importance to this work, commenting in a letter to Glikman: "Everything that I have written until now over these long years has been a preparation for this work." He added that he intended the symphony to prove a counterweight to the positive presentation of death in music:

"In part, I am trying to polemicise with the great classics who touched upon the theme of death in their work.... Remember the death of Boris Godunov. When ... he dies, then a kind of brightening sets in. Remember Verdi's Otello. When the whole tragedy ends, and Desdemona and Otello die, we also experience a beautiful tranquility. Remember Aida. When the tragic demise of the hero and heroine occurs, it is softened with radiant music."

Tags : 2020, 20s, Shostakovich