- Performer:Gerard Schwarz
- Title:Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Suite from the Golden Age
- Date of release:2007
- Size FLAC version1138 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1324 megabytes
- Size WMA version1541 megabytes
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Album · 2007 · 8 Songs. The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a : III. Polka: Allegretto. Gerard Schwarz & Seattle Symphony. 8. 22a : IV. Dance: Allegro. 8 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes. Released: 1 Jan 2007.
"Symphony No. 5" by Dmitri Shostakovich) The horns play the answer to all of these themes with a very big brassy moment. Now we come to the middle section of this minuet in trio, or scherzo in trio. When we talk about classical music and we talk about this kind of movement in three, it was always a minuet, the dance. As Beethoven developed the scherzo, it was the same except all of a sudden it became faster.
Music Director Gerard Schwarz explains the history, context and compositional techniques behind famous orchestral works, from Beethoven to leading composers of the present da.
The Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich is a work for orchestra composed between April and July 1937. Its first performance was on November 21, 1937, in Leningrad by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky. Schwarz, Boris (1983). Bloomington: Indiana: University Press. Pages from the Life of Dmitri Shostakovich. Translated by Graham Hobbs and Charles Midgley. New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Suite from The Golden Age. Suite from The Bolt. Suite from The Limpid Stream. Suite from Encounter at the Elbe. Suite from The Gadfly. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1.
Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony is that composer's carefully crafted response to Stalin's severe criticism of his Symphony No. 4 and especially of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. His fate as a Soviet composer (and even of his life) was hanging in the balance. The Soviet authorities were concerned about whether the work was considered to be melodic and, therefore, people music. Among the significances of Beethoven's Fifth is the addition of instruments from the ensembles of military music: piccolo, double bassoon, and trombone (the first time the trombone was used in a symphony). This is the composition that made Beethoven known to the general public outside his own country. This 1966 concert recording by Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra's reading of Beethoven's Fifth is straightforward and faithful to the score, architecturally solid, and appropriately rhythmically driving.
Symphony No. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo. 5. Suite for Variety Orchestra: I. March. 6. Suite for Variety Orchestra: V. Lyric Waltz. 7. Suite for Variety Orchestra: II. Dance No. 3:060:30. Suite for Variety Orchestra: VI. Waltz No. 3:310:30.
This album celebrates Gerard Schwarz at the top of his game, conducting music close to Jerry’s heart. Maestro Schwarz served long tenures as music director for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and later the Seattle Symphony, and made over 100 recordings with those orchestras. Many of these recordings are being rereleased through Naxos
CreditsChristian Knapp - Producer
Dmitriy Lipay - Editing, Mastering
Steven Lowe - Liner Notes
James Manly - Graphic Design
Gerard Schwarz - Conductor, Primary Artist
Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Orchestra
Albert Swanson - Engineer
|Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47|
|4||Allegro non troppo||Gerard Schwarz||11:44|
|The Age of Gold, suite from the ballet, Op. 22a|
|5||Introduction. Allegro non troppo||Gerard Schwarz||4:43|
|7||Polka. Allegretto||Gerard Schwarz||2:20|
|8||Dance. Allegro||Gerard Schwarz||2:16|