(Boxed Set, 49PC)
The most comprehensive Shostakovich Edition ever produced! Shostakovich, one of Soviet Russia's most famous and fascinating composers, struggled his whole life with the restrictions and demands of the Stalin regime. This however didn't smother his creativity, on the contrary, it produced a unique ambiguity in his music, a fusion of the trivial and the profound, masquerade and intimate truth, of noise and contemplation, in short, a fusion of all the bizarre elements of life itself. This set presents the near complete works of Shostakovich: complete symphonies, chamber symphonies, concertos, songs, string quartets, a generous selection chamber music, ballets and suites (the famous Jazz suites!), cantatas, and the operas. Famous and legendary performers include Rudolf Barshai (a close friend of Shostakovich), Cristina Ortiz, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Valery Polyansky, Victor Popov, Theodore Kuchar, Muza Rubackyte, Yuri Serov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Andrey Chistiakov and Mstislav Rostropovich. Includes unique historical recordings, featuring Dmitri Shostakovich performing on the piano.