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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Regis Records
  • ASIN: B00009AQNA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2012
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I have been playing these quite intensively over the last month or so, and they have lately made the transition between being very interesting pieces of music to a drug that I can't get enough of. Both are recordings of live performances that have the palpable atmosphere of a quasi-religious event. If ever there was an artefact that illustrated the essence of atheistic spirituality it is this disc.

The Violin Sonata Op.134 (1968) opens with a slow and twisting tone row on the piano, which is joined by a slower and complementary tone row on the violin. As absolute music, I have come to find these passages as mesmerising as the eyes of a python, brimming with possibilities and implications. Emotionally, they seem inescapably the rueful reflections of old age. After a couple of cycles of this extended theme we shift abruptly to `Russian' folk/popular music of a sometimes comic character. This more lively music eventually peters out giving way to a sinuous descending serial figure that is followed by a couple of rasping gasps on the violin, the effect of which is unmistakably creepy. The opening section now resumes, but with roles reversed, allowing the piano to explore the gloomy domain a little, before a repeat of the sinuous descending figure and gasps allows the movement to recede into twilight.

The second movement is utterly extraordinary, equal in brilliance to anything else in Shostokovich's oeuvre. Fragments of Russian popular tunes are smashed together to create an ever more frantic whirlwind, culminating in moments of panic and terror, reminiscent of his Stalin music of Symphony No.10 and elsewhere.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2004
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I don't know another recording of the Viola Sonata but would love to hear another so measured and moving. The power of the playing is fantastic and, I think, authentic in the sense that it captures all the creative frustration so often evident in Shostakovich's music.
Here is a man whose lifelong experience was to be thwarted by tyranny,and now facing death, along with the inevitable despair and anger what humour and humanity remains - great.
The violin sonata is also wonderful. It is satirical, cynical and full of frustrated life. Like the viola sonata it expresses deeply considered and thwarted passion while retaining a real faith in life and the ability to compose AND maintains a sense of beauty and of humour - a thumb and a genius tweaked at all authority.
I have listened again and again to these two pieces and will do so still. They lead you to re-examine all the more familiar Shostakovich with a new ear: not to mention Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata!
All three players, live, keep control and provide fantastic performances - buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Niall Fox on 15 Jun. 2011
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The previous reviewer has said nearly all I want to say but the main reason I want to write a review of my own for this disc is to repeat and underline his final instruction -buy it.I also have not heard another version of the viola sonata and am tempted to utter a heresy for cd collectors and say I don't need to.I will at some stage search out another but won't expect better than this live performance from two consummate musicians who, in the Beethoven saluting finale of the Viola Sonata, Shostakovich's swan-song, achieve a veritably sacred atmosphere of music making.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rev prof jm on 3 April 2013
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There is always a sense with Shostakovich that he is making it up as he goes along, much on-the-hoof genius of invention. Nowhere is this clearer than in his chamber music and there is an equivalent freshness in these performances. Both are late works and Kagan and Bashmet both raise their game to match Richter's intense pianism
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