℗ 2006 Chandos
 

Shostakovich: Words of Michelangelo

Ildar Abdrazakov, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

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Suite, Op. 145a, "Suite on Words by Michelangelo"  
1
I. Truth
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:09
2
II. Morning
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:44
3
III. Love
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:56
4
IV. Parting
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:39
5
V. Anger
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:46
6
VI. Dante
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
3:52
7
VII. To the Exile
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:03
8
VIII. Creativity
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
3:46
9
IX. Night (a dialogue)
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:22
10
X. Death
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:33
11
XI. Immortality
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
3:55
6 Romances, Op. 140  
12
No. 1. To the Son
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:32
13
No. 2. In the fields in snow and rain
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:42
14
No. 3. McPherson before his execution
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:52
15
No. 4. Jenny
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:34
16
No. 5. Sonnet 66
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:58
17
No. 6. The King's Campaign
Dmitry Shostakovich; Ildar Abdrazakov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
0:47
18
October, Op. 132
Dmitry Shostakovich; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
13:21
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    72:31
“It's certainly time we heard more of the young Petersburg-trained bass Ildar Abdrazakov… the full agony of the songs about Dante and death touches something deeper. Gianandrea Noseda's BBC Philharmonic set up the necessary atmospheres, whether in apocalyptic trumpet duets, the fierce hammer-blows of 'Creativity' or the tender-mysterious string refrains of 'Night'.”
- BBC Music Magazine

“Abdrazakov's restraint brings its own rewards, allowing the songs to speak with social wisdom, the more so thanks to his fabulously steady tone, which remains rich and euphonious across the entire register and dynamic range. The BBC Philharmonic and their principal conductor accompany with refinement and well aimed attack… This is another full-blooded performance and finely judged recording...”
- Gramophone

“Austere, uncompromising stuff, it’s ideally suited to Gianandrea Noseda’s severe way with Shostakovich and he and the BBC Philharmonic illuminate its bleakly beautiful orchestral palette with great subtlety.”
- The Guardian

Shostakovich’s last major work Suite on Words by Michelangelo, Op. 145a is the centrepiece of this recording by sought-after Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Praised for his interpretation Henry VIII in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Abdrazakov presents a powerful and nuanced performance of this neglected masterpiece.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester
Produced by Brian Pidgeon and Mike George
Engineers: Stephen Rinker and Tom Parnell

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