VSEVOLOD ZADERATSKY (1891-1953): Lullaby, Violent Storm, Mandolin, My Light..., The Lazybones and the Tomcat, Victoria regia, Chinese Bagatelle, Fortune-Telling, One Tenth, ARTHUR LOURIÉ (1891-1966): 2 Berceuses, 12 Greek Songs, Rosary, Suite Japonaise, DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): 6 Romances on Words by Japanese Poets, Op. 21.

Catalogue Number: 08M066

Label: Profil

Reference: PH10005

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: An immensely important release - even if it isn't orchestral. Zaderatsky was a persecuted composer whose sufferings beggar belief; he even managed to write a cycle of 24 Preludes in a brutal and freezing Gulag camp in 1937-8 using a blunt pencil and a pad of telegraph forms (also on Profil; I missed it somehow and will have it next month). The nine songs we have here - gloomy, dramatic, ominous, lyrical - go a long ways toward showing us what we've missed. The 36 minutes of Lourié songs expand our knowledge of this suppressed composer too: the dark, impressionistic, jewel-like quality of the dozen Sappho settings, the five songs of Rosary inspired by Russian folk music - all from around 1914 - stand out. Texts in German and English translation. Verena Rein (soprano), Jascha Nemtsov (piano).

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