Nov 03

Shostakovich: Odna, Hamlet, The Fall of Berlin, Suite from the Unforgettable Year 1919, performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra ?????

Those of you who know me well know that I am crazy about Shostakovich. He is, in my opinion, the greatest composer of the 20th century. These works are “pop” works of his, totally accessible, catchy, tonal, entirely tonic-dominant music. Yet, it is creative and possessing a clear brilliance. These are more collector pieces rather than something one would like to time and again. Some pieces, like the Fall of Red Hill in the Unforgettable Year 1919 suite, are absolute masterpieces of all time. The only regrets that I have while listening to these CDs is that the films are not themselves available with English subtitles (0f course). These CDs were purchased separately but were sold by Amazon.com as budget CDs, yet they are NOT budget music presentations.

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