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Dmitri Shostakovich · Works For Cello, is a collection of some of the most challenging and intriguing works for cello by the renowned composer. The selected pieces provide a unique insight into Shostakovich's creative evolution over a 25-year period, with the Sonata and the Concert showcasing the composer's artistic development and resilience in the face of political upheaval. The works in this collection encapsulate the recognition and rejection Shostakovich faced during a turbulent period in his life, reflecting the complex atmosphere of the time. Despite the challenges he faced, Shostakovich remained devoted to his high musical ideals, which is evident in the depth and complexity of these compositions. In Alexander Somov’s interpretation the music flows freely, with direction and confidence and an amazing maturity for his age. The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the country’s oldest and most respected ensembles, also participates in the recording, conducted by Milen Nachev.

Dmitri Shostakovich · Works For Cello

  • Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra in E flat, op. 107

    [1] Allegretto 6’22”

    [2] Moderato 11’47”

    [3] Cadenza 5’36”

    [4] Allegro con moto 5’12”

    Sonata in D for Cello and Piano, op. 40

    [5] Moderato 8’38”

    [6] Moderato con moto 3’15”

    [7] Largo 8’09”

    [8] Allegretto 4’34”

    Three Pieces to the Film “The Gadfly”

    [9] Contredance 3’14”

    [10] Romance 2’20”

    [11] Nocturne 3’02”

    Three Pieces from Ballet Suite

    [12] Elegy 2’20”

    [13] Adagio 5’03”

    [14] Autumn Valse 2’06”

    DDD 71’44”

  • Alexander Somov, cello

    Bogdana Popova, piano

    Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Milen Nachev, conductor

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