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Product Details

  • Conductor: Kuchar
  • Composer: Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (February 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014DC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you love great music, you will love this.
Ima Riter
Dmitri Shostakovich composed a great deal of music for the movies, from `New Babylon' in 1929 to `King Lear' in 1970.
Dr. H. A. Jones
The quality on this recording is surprisingly good too.
A. J. Andrea

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree VINE VOICE on March 8, 2006
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It is always a very pleasant surprise to have one's expectations so notably exceeded. As to the composer, I confess to being a great fan of Shostakovich and here, he seized upon a little known and tragic story ("The Gadfly," by E.L. Voynich) which renders a first-rate account of people in revolution and a society in upheaval -- and the music that Shostakovich composed for the film in this instance is just that: revolutionary. I believe that he composed nothing finer in all his filmscores. This achievement is historic and the "Introduction (Prelude, track 7)" may, in fact, just be the finest piece of melodic Classical Music ever written. It has that perfect astonishing Russian blend of Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Balakirev, Stravinsky and maybe even a little of Rachmaninoff! And that comment leads me to the rendition itself - I was astonished as to what a fine job the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Theodore Kuchar, conducting) did with this work. It is an historic achievement and I was very pleased at the quality of the sound on this CD (it's a DDD recording from 1995 at Kiev). The "Suite from Five Days -- Five Nights" (the second composition on this CD) is also a fine work and a perfect complement to "The Gadfly." My only reccommendation beyond what I have said so far would be to read the book as you listen to this recording which lends considerable enhancement to both media.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2001
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This is currently one of my favorite CD's. I admit I have not heard any other performances of the Gadfly Suite, but THIS one is good in any case. The violin and 'cello solos are well done, too. Also, the Gadfly Suite is generally considered to be among Shostakovich's better film scores.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ytzan on October 22, 2005
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Since I have only heard another recording on the score on the radio I won't go into the quality of the conductor/orchestra which in my ears sound pretty good. It's just that this music score (The Gadfly) is one of the treasure of soundtrack music and I wonder how it comes and is not played more often. Listening more carefully I picked some lines that reminded me of some Rota scores, one of my favourite soundtrack composers. This is great music and at this modest price everybody should listen to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
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The music on this disc isn't exactly first-rate Shostakovich, but the tuneful and appealing suite from the Gadfly at least makes for very pleasant listening. In fact, many of the numbers are genuinely memorable, and the level of melodic invention is sustained more or less throughout. The same cannot really be said for the suite from Five Days, Five Nights; a strangely pale and rather uninvolving mixture of reminiscences of the composer's eleventh symphony, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet and Beethoven's Ninth. Still, it's worth hearing at least for Shostakovich fans, and since the main bulk of the playing time is taken up by the engaging Gadfly suite, I won't complain. The performances are idiomatic and mostly fine, but the string sound is dangerously thin at times, making parts of the Gadfly suite sound a little scruffy and grainy. I haven't heard any of the alternative recordings, but this one warrants a safe enough recommendation as a disc of pleasant, second-rate Shostakovich. I don't recall anything in particular about the sound quality, which I guess means that there cannot have been anything seriously objectionable about it.
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Dmitri Shostakovich composed a great deal of music for the movies, from `New Babylon' in 1929 to `King Lear' in 1970. This Naxos CD features Suites arranged from two of these films - both limited as far as I know to distribution in Soviet territories. The first and more substantial work is the Suite from `The Gadfly' was released in 1955. The movie is based on a tale by Ethel Lilian Voynich, the daughter of the English mathematician and philosopher, George Boole. The story concerns a dashing young revolutionary Arthur Burton - the gadfly. The best known piece from the score is the Romance, though there are equally beautiful tracks entitled Intermezzo and Nocturne, which should be much better known.

The other piece on the CD is the very dramatic Suite from Five Days, Five Nights - a movie that appeared in 1961, which recounts the saturation bombing of Dresden in World War II in February 1945. The terror that the inhabitants of that beautiful ancient city must have experienced during this raid is well portrayed by Shostakovich's music. Both works are played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Theodore Kuchar. Other than the Romance from `The Gadfly' I have never heard any of this music played in the concert-hall or on the radio, which I think is a shame as it is all very atmospheric.
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I bought this after hearing and loving one particularly track. The Gadfly is absolutely delightful. In a blind sound test, I doubt if I would even identify this as Shostakovich, it is so unlike anything of his I've ever heard before. There are some interesting twists and turns here and there that will probably be obvious clues once I become more familiar with this score, but upon first hearing, it is a different Shostakovich from the symphonies, concertos and quartets. Five Days - Five Nights, which I've never even heard of before, is more serious and certainly more Shostakovian (is that the correct adjective?). Highly recommended and a very nice recording and performance from Kucher and the Ukrainians.
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