City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Hypothetically Murdered

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212005125
Catnr: SIGCD 051
Release date: 01 September 2004
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Signum Classics
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0635212005125
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SIGCD 051
Release date
01 September 2004
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About the album

For Shostakovich the six years which span this recording (1931 – 1937) were a period of almost incredibly change and upheaval. It was at this time that the young man faced his first serious political difficulties which culminated in the terrors of 1936.
In 1930, the composer met the celebrated vaudeville and pioneer jazz-performer Leonid Utiosov, an astonishing talent who introduced Shostakovich to the world of the theatre. Hypothetically Murdered was written in 1931 to open the Music Hall’s new season. After its initial run, the show was not revived and at some point, probably during the siege of Leningrad, the full-score, parts and libretto disappeared, leaving only a folder with around 40 pages of detailed piano sketches with instrumental indications. The Orchestral Suite Op. 31a, given its world premiere recording on this disc, consists of all the complete surviving orchestral numbers from the folder of sketches, reorchestrated from the composers scribbled notes, and in the style of his surviving theatre music from the period.

Nearly six years after Hypotheically Murdered, Shostakovich finished his Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin Op. 46. By this time the composer, and his messages, have profoundly changed. These Romances are music of mature seriousness, and dark with sorrow set against the literary work of the greatest and most humane of all Russian writers. After finishing the Romances, Shostakovich went on to create the Fifth Symphony, using motifs and fragments from the first poem – Rebirth. Thus he was able to hide the words of Pushkin’s passionate poem, a declaration to the power of art to survive barbarism and oppression, beneath the musical argument of his symphonic finale.

The fascinating and rarely performed Five Fragments, written in a single sitting in July 1935, are one of Shostakovich’s last experimental works. They prepare the ground for the composition of the massive Fourth Symphony, just as the Romances do for the Fifth.

The popular Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 was written early in 1934. This delightful highly ironic music is a continuation of the spirit of laughter and adventure that had earlier led Shostakovich to work with the great Utiosov on Hypothetically Murdered. As with most ‘Soviet Jazz’ of the period there is not much jazz here, more of a feeling of operetta and cabaret music and also of Jewish songs. Despite such jollity there is always an undertone of depth and darkness, of real sadness and foreboding underlying the sentimentality and parody.

De wereldpremière van de orkestmuziek bij Hypothetisch Vermoord
De zes jaren die dit album overspannen (1931-1937) waren voor Sjostakovitsj een periode van bijna ongelooflijke verandering en opschudding. Rond deze tijd werd de jonge componist geconfronteerd met zijn eerste ernstige politieke problemen, die hun hoogtepunt bereiken in de verschrikkingen van 1936.

Hypothetisch Vermoord werd in 1931 geschreven als openingsstuk voor het nieuwe seizoen van de Muziekhal in Leningrad (nu St. Petersburg). Op een gegeven moment, waarschijnlijk tijdens het beleg van Leningrad, zijn de partituur en het libretto zoekgeraakt. Er is slechts een folder met ongeveer 40 pagina’s aan pianoschetsen overgebleven, met aanwijzingen voor instrumenten. De Orkestsuite Opus 31a, die op dit album voor het eerst wordt uitgevoerd, bevat alle compleet overgeleverde orkestnummers uit de folder, opnieuw georkestreerd vanuit de krabbels van de componist, in de stijl van zijn theatermuziek uit de periode.

Bijna zes jaar na Hypothetisch Vermoord voltooide Sjostakovitsj zijn Vier Romances op gedichten van Aleksandr Poesjkin Opus 46. Tegen deze tijd waren de componist en zijn boodschappen grondig veranderd. Deze Romances zijn muziek van een volwassen ernst en donker verdriet, tegen de achtergrond van het literaire werk van een van de grootste en meest menslievende Russische schrijver.

De populaire Suite voor Jazzorkest No.1 werd gecomponeerd in 1934. Deze zeer ironische muziek is een voortzetting van de geest van gelach en avontuur die Sjostakovitsj er eerder toe leidde om aan Hypothetisch Vermoord te werken. Naast vrolijkheid is er altijd een diepe en donkere ondertoon, met echt verdriet en voorgevoelens die onder de sentimentaliteit en parodie liggen.

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01.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I - Transition to the Field Hospital
01:02
02.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I - Gallop
03:19
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I - Transition to the Field
01:02
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I - The Field (Landscape)
01:51
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - ntroduction to Act II (Petrushka)
00:12
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - Petroushka (Garmoshka)
01:13
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - Storm
01:01
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - The Arrival of the Lorry
00:17
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - Dance
01:19
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - Transition to the Kitchen (Jugglers and Waitresses)
01:33
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act II - Waitresses
02:21
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - Paradise I: The Flight of the Cherubim
01:25
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - Paradise II: The Flight of the Angels
01:26
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - Adagio
02:30
15.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - Bacchanalia of John of Kronstadt and Paraskeva Piatnitsa
01:42
16.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - Waltz
03:32
17.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act III - The Archangel Gabriel's Number
01:51
18.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I (Part II) - Polka
01:33
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I (Part II) - March
01:41
20.
Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I (Part II) - The River Bed
04:44
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Hypothetically Murdered:: Act I (Part II) - Finale to Act I: Dance of the Temporary Victors
03:44
22.
Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46:: I. Rebirth
02:14
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Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46:: II. Jealousy
01:21
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Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46:: III. Foreboding
02:51
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Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46:: IV. Stanzas
05:21
26.
Five Fragments, Op. 42: : I. Moderato
01:24
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Five Fragments, Op. 42: : II. Andante
01:21
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Five Fragments, Op. 42: : III. Largo
03:43
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Five Fragments, Op. 42: : IV. Moderato
02:36
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Five Fragments, Op. 42: : V. Allegretto
01:24
31.
Suite No. 1 for Jazz Band, sans Op. E:: I. Waltz
02:45
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Suite No. 1 for Jazz Band, sans Op. E:: II. Polka
01:53
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Suite No. 1 for Jazz Band, sans Op. E:: III. Foxtrot (Blues)
04:36
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