Like his close friend and colleague Dmitry Shostakovich, Vissarion Shebalin (1902-63) knew a life of both celebrity and hardship: he was another of the composers condemned in the infamous 1948 Party congress in Moscow, and in later life he fought to overcome a series of crippling strokes. But his personality remained undaunted, as his music resolutely proves. This is the first recording of his First Suite for Orchestra and the first appearance on CD of the Second, both of them prepared from theatre music, and showing the lighter side of Shebalin's symphonic music. They have been recorded by the orchestra of his home town, Omsk, the capital of Siberia.
Siberian Symphony Orchestra, orchestra Dmitry Vasilyev, conductor
Catalogue No: TOCC0136EAN/UPC: 5060113441362Release Date: 29.10.2012Composer: Vissarion Shebalin Artists: Dmitry Vasilyev, Siberian Symphony Orchestra
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Orchestral Suite No. 2, Op. 22 (1962) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0136/TOCC0136t07.mp3
The Infodad Team :
“On the basis of the recording by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Vasiliev – the first this work has ever received – Shebalin had as sure a sense of theater as did Shostakovich himself.… Like Suite No. 1, this is a disconnected work rather than a closely integrated one, but also like the first suite, it shows considerable skill in orchestration and close attention to theatrical effectiveness. This is the first volume of Shebalin’s music from Toccata Classics, and it certainly whets the appetite for more.” —InfoDad
Bob McQuiston :
“Conductor Dmitry Vasiliev leads the Siberian Symphony Orchestra (from Shebalin’s hometown of Omsk) with performances that bubble with energy in the animated numbers, but are sensitive and passionate in the introspective ones.” —Bob McQuiston, NPR Deceptive Cadence Blog
Michael Cookson :
“…Although Shebalin was a friend of Shostakovich one detects little of his influence. The writing feels rather more comparable to the sound-worlds of a previous generation: namely Glazunov, Myaskovsky and Gliere whose music Shebalin would have known intimately. …The two orchestral suites make little demand on the listener’s concentration yet are immediately engaging. After the first couple of plays I found the First Orchestra Suite, Op. 18 the more compelling of the two. It has some really engaging and memorable melodies with an abundance of contrasting colours and textures. …The orchestra rewards its artistic director and chief conductor Dmitry Vasiliev with alert playing of vitality and substantial expressive character. Impeccably prepared by Vasiliev the unison of the orchestra is evident. Unquestionably this is a marvellous orchestra… Enjoyable from the first to last these examples of Shebalin’s music deserve increased exposure and with a recording as splendid as this from the Siberian Symphony Orchestra it could hardly receive finer advocacy.” MusicWeb International
David Hurwitz :
“…Containing six and eight movements respectively, the two suites resemble Shostakovich’s music for theater orchestra and for the cinema. There is a funeral march, a tarantella, bolero, gallop, romance, a couple of pieces simply marked “dance”, and several waltzes. …Dmitry Vasiliev leads his players with conviction and admirable directness.” Classics Today
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