The title of the CD tells us what we can expect here. The 26 tracks on this Decca CD contain music from 9 of the many scores that Shostakovich composed for the movies. It's good to have the opportunity of hearing music from many films that would have been seen only by Soviet cinemagoers, but the reason that most of this music is never played is that it is certainly not amongst the greatest that Shostakovich has composed. The only popular piece on this CD is the now-familiar Romance from `The Gadfly' - but the score (more extensively recorded on a Naxos CD) also contains a beautiful Romance and Nocture which I have never heard played publicly. The music from `Hamlet' was composed for a 1964 Russian version of the Shakespeare story, translated by Boris Pasternak. The song from `The Counterplan', in a slightly modified form with lyrics, became `The United Nations on the March' in the 1943 MGM musical `Thousands Cheer' (not the Irving Berlin score!) that starred Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly and a host of other MGM stars. Some of the music from `Alone' - the longest extract on the disc - is also well worth listening to. It is all impeccably played by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
on 20 December 2015
As good as the other two in this series of three. For an older recording this is still up with the best, if you did not read the date you would think it was recorded very recently. Audio quality, realism and feel good factor make this and the other three well worth buying.