Dmitri Shostakovich
My source

Dmitry Shostakovich was a Russian composer whose symphonies and quartets, numbering 15 each, are among the greatest examples of these classic forms from the twentieth century. His style evolved from the brash humor and experimental character of his first period, exemplified by the operas The Nose and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, into both the more introverted melancholy and nationalistic fervor of his second phase (the Symphonies No. 5 and No. 7, "Leningrad"), and finally into the defiant and bleak mood of his last period (exemplified by the Symphony No. 14 and Quartet No. 15). Early in his career his music showed the influence of Prokofiev and Stravinsky, especially in his prodigious and highly successful First Symphony. He could effectively communicate a melancholic depth and profound sense of anguish, as one hears in many of his symphonies, concertos, and quartets. Solomon Volkov, in his controversial Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich explains the composer's seeming bombast as deft satire of the pomposity of the Soviet state, pointing to the "forced rejoicing" of Fifth Symphony's ending. Typical traits of Shostakovich's style include short reiterated melodic or rhythmic figures, motifs of one or two pitches or intervals, and lugubrious and manic string writing.

Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg, in 1906, and educated at the Petrograd Conservatory. The acid style of his early Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk irritated Stalin, and Shostakovich was attacked in the Soviet press. Fearing imprisonment, he withdrew his already rehearsed Fourth Symphony; his Fifth Symphony (1937) carried the subtitle "A Soviet Artist's Reply to Just Criticism." It is more ingenious than most critics have fathomed, for it managed to satisfy both the backward tastes of the party censors and those of more demanding aesthetes in the West.

The 1941 German invasion of Russia inspired the composer's Seventh Symphony, subtitled "Leningrad." Impressed by the symphony's epic-heroic character, Toscanini, Koussevitsky, and Stokowski vied for the Western Hemisphere premiere; the score had to be microfilmed, flown to Teheran, driven to Cairo, and flown out. The work became an enormous success the world over, but eventually fell into obscurity. Still, the composer had for a time become a worldwide celebrity, his picture even appearing on the cover of Time.

Shostakovich ran afoul of the government again in 1948, when an infamous decree was issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party accusing Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and other prominent composers of "formalist perversions." For some time he wrote mostly works glorifying Soviet life or history. Artistic repression diminished in post-Stalinist Russia, but curiously Shostakovich still drew in his modernist horns until the Thirteenth Symphony, "Babi Yar," a 1962 work based on poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. The work provoked major controversy because of its first movement's subject: Russian oppression of the Jews.

In 1966 Shostakovich wrote his Second Cello Concerto, a work on an even higher level than his solid First, but one which has yet to capture as much attention from either artists or the public. That year, Shostakovich was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. He continued to compose, his works growing more sparsely scored and darker, the subject of death becoming prominent. His Fourteenth Symphony (1969), really a collection of songs on texts by Lorca, Apollinaire, Küchelbecker, and Rilke, is a death-obsessed work of considerable dissonance and showing little regard for the Socialist Realism still demanded by the state. Shostakovich died on August 9, 1975.

AMG, All Music Guide

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1924-1925 Scherzo Opus 11 4.00 out of 5 stars LP
Scherzo Opus 11 Comments:
Solist from Zagreb cond. Antonio Janigro
1925 Symphony No 1 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 1 Comments:
Life must be very complicated when your first work is likely the best you will ever do. You can only slide down the slope towards depression.
This work has a relative showbiz atmosphere, he worked in a cinema to support his mother and sisters. He also heard works by Stravinsky, Berg and Krenek.
This joyful work was an instant succes. Later, they wished he had gone to America, to teach his aunt the piano.

Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Efrem Kurtz
1925 Symphony No 1 4.50 stars DVD
Comments:
ORTF Orchestra cond. Igor Markevitch
1926 Piano Sonata No 1 Opus 12 3.50 stars CD
Comments:
Colin Stone - Piano
1927 Symphony No 2 (To October) 3.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 2 [To October] Comments:
This symphony was a State Commission. Walking on thin ice! Better get that proletarian feeling.
But the music "sufferd from abstractness" and soon after disappeared into the witness protection program.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Morton Gould
1928  Tahiti Trot 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Tahiti Trot Comments:
This is an orchestration of Vincent Youman's song Tea for Two from the musical No, No, Nanette, sung by Marion Harris.
Remember that Shostakovitch played the piano at shows, to support his family.
This piece has the atmosphere of the 1920's. Flashback
Russian State Symphony Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsy
1929   Symphony No 3 (May Day) 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 2 [To October] Comments:
In the third Symphony Shostakovitch wanted to include in it turbulent joyful enthusiasm of the masses, especially the youth, on the day of the festival of labour.
...May first was practically an unique attempt to produce a symphony from the dynamics of revolutionary oratory. .. But here again superficial representation predominated, befogging the unfolding of the inner content. This goes on and on. And this article was sympathetic towards modern music! Boy oh boy. He was in trouble.
But the music is quit nice, and the recording very good. Enjoy!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Morton Gould
1930  The Golden Age 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - The Golden Age Comments:
This is a ballet about a Soviet football team in a foreign city during a World Fair. Guess who won. It was a typical popular revue, disguised as a ballet.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cond. Leopold Stokowsky
1930-1931 Odna Opus 26 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Film music (Alone)

10 parts:
March: The Street
Galop
Barrel Organ
March
Altai
In Kuzmina's Hut
School Children
Storm Scene: Storm Breaks
Storm Scene: Snow Storm
Storm Scene: Calm after the Storm

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

1931 Bolt (Suite From Ballet) 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Bolt [Suite From Ballet] Comments:
A satire on petty-bourgeois life,...using a grotesquely satirical play on the banal turns and twists of urban folklore is one of the chief methods of exposure. According to the notes on the cd it is about industrial espionage. In any case it is fit for the circus.

Russian State Symphony Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsy
1931 Rule Britannia 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Film soundtrack

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra cond. Mark Fitz-Gerald

1931 Two Pieces for String Quartet, Elegy and Polka 4.00 stars CD
Americana Comments:
Borodin Quartet

1931-1932 Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova Comments:
This is an opera based on Leskov's novel:  Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
The opera is also known under that name.

As a means of describing Shostakovich troubled career, I will try to get quotes from official "party statements", as published in several Russian books I have on the composer.

Her crimes are a protest against the atmosphere in which she lives, against the dismal, stifling atmosphere of the merchant milieu of the last (19th) century. It was here that the composer's philosophical mistakes made themselves felt. .... the whole ideological concept of the opera was basically false.

Stanislavski Theater cond. G. Provatorov
1931-1932 Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) 5.00 stars DVD
Comments:

Eva-Maria Westbroek,
Christopher Ventris,
Carole Wilson,
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera,
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Mariss Jansons.

Breathtaking

Live recording at Holland Festival june 2006

Synopsis

Katerina is bored of life with her husband Zinovy Ismailov, a rich provincial merchant. When Zinovy leaves on business, his suspicious father Boris makes her swear faithfulness to his son. The workmen in the yard molest the fat cook Aksinia and encourage the foreman Sergei to rape her for their amusement. Katerina comes out to defend Aksinia whereupon Sergei seizes her hand with its wedding-ring on one finger and squeezes it until it hurts. Katerina feels weak before Sergei's strength. That night Sergei visits Katerina in her bedroom and seduces her. In his son's absence, Boris decides himself to sleep with his daughter-in-law. To his rage, he finds Sergei coming out of her room. He whips the foreman mercilessly, after which he demands food from Katerina. In revenge, she gives him poisoned mushrooms and he suffers an agonizing death. Making love in her bedroom with Sergei, Katerina sees the ghost of Boris cursing her, but is unafraid. When her husband Zinovy returns, she strangles him with Sergei's help, and hides the body in a cellar. Her regular checking of the cellar is noticed by a drunken peasant who goes there himself, expecting to find hidden vodka. Seeing Zinovy's body, he runs to tell the police. Displeased and bored not to have been invited to Katerina and Sergei's wedding, the police are delighted to hear about the body. They rush to interrupt the wedding feast, Katerina confesses everything, and she and Sergei are arrested. A large group of convicts, including Katerina and Sergei, is travelling to Siberia and stops for the night beside a lake. Sergei has now tired of Katerina and flirts with the beautiful young Sonyetka. When Katerina tries to get him back, he asks her for her stockings, saying he is cold. She gives them to him, but he passes them straight on to Sonyetka and together he and Sonyetka mock Katerina. In rage and despair, Katerina drags Sonyetka and herself into the lake, where they both drown.

(Boosey and Hawkes)

1932 Vstretschnyi Opus 33 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Film music (The Counterplan)

3 parts; Presto, Andante and the song of the Counterplan

Film directed by:
Lev Arnshtam
Fridrikh Ermler
Sergei Yutkevich

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

Song of the Counterplan is still popular today but there is much more to this innovative score, which merges his music with industrial sounds. The politically conventional story - the foiling of a wrecker's attempt to disrupt the work of a turbine factory - is leavened with a touching love story, for which Shostakovich wrote some wonderfully light-hearted music.

1933 Piano Concerto No 1in C minor 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Elisabeth Leonskaja - Piano
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cond. Hugh Wolff

1933 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Dmitri Shostakovitch jr. - Piano
James Thomson - Trumpet
I Musici de Montreal cond. Maxim Shostakovitch
1933 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor 4.00 stars SACD
Comments:
Ingrid Jacobi - Piano
Chrispian Steel-Perkins - Trumpet
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Charles Mackerras
1933 Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor 4.00 out of 5 stars CD
Comments:
Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet
Martha Argerich - Piano
Orchestra della Svizzeria Italiano cond. Alexandre Rabinovitch
1933 Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor 4.00 out of 5 stars 7 CD
Comments:
Guy Touvson - Trumpet
Martha Argerich - Piano
Wuerttenburger Kammerorchester Heilbronn cond. Joerg Faeber
1933 Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor 4.00 out of 5 stars DVD-R
Comments:
Omar Tomasoni - Trumpet
Yuja Wang - Piano
Concertgebouworkest cond. Mariss Jansons

Recorded by AVRO, Dutch TV download from Youtube

1934-1935 The Girlfriends 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Film soundtrack

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra cond. Mark Fitz-Gerald

1933 Piano Sonata No 2 in B minor 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Elisabeth Leonskaja - Piano

1934 Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 Opus 40 4.00 stars 2 CD
Comments:
Truls Mork - Cello
Lars Vogt - Piano

1934 Cello Sonata Opus 40 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Timora Rosler - Cello
Klara Wurtz - Piano
1934 Sonata for Cello and Piano Opus 40 4.0 out of 5 importance CD

Comments:

Mischa Maisky - Cello
Martha Argerich - Piano

1934 Jazz Suite No 1 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Jazz Suite No 1 Comments:
Consists of a Waltz, a Polka and a Foxtrot.

Russian State Symphony Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1934 Cello Sonata D minor Opus 40 4.00 stars CD
Igor Stravinsky - Pastorale pour piano et violon Comments:
Torleif Thedeen - Cello
1936 Symphony No 4 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 4 Comments:
First performance in 1961

London Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink
1936 Symphony No 4 4.00 stars DVD-R
Comments:
BBC Symphony Orchestra cond. Gennadi Rozjdestvenski

Recorded from BRAVA classical TV

1936 Salute to Spain 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Film soundtrack

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra cond. Mark Fitz-Gerald

1937 Symphony No 5 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 5 Comments:
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra cond. Kyrill Kondraschin.

The orchestra played as if a big stack of unsigned deportation orders was waiting....

..The Fifth Symphony showed that after ten years of ideological wandering he was at last able to give an answer to questions of substance..... Shostakovich achieved the beauty at that stage of his spiritual evolution when his reason had won over skepticism and negation. my source

Wasn't the price a little high, Dmitri?
1937 Symphony No 5 4.50 stars BD-R
Comments:
London Symphony Orchestra cond. Michael Tilson Thomas

Downloaded from youtube: https://youtu.be/W-u3gXwpNM8

1938 Jazz Suite No 2 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Jazz Suite No 2 Comments:
Suite for Stage Variety Orchestra.
It is a potpourri of old ballet, theatre and movie pieces.
The 2nd Waltz has been used in Kubrick's  Eyes Wide Shut but it is not the title music.  Musica Ricercata II by György Ligeti provides the haunting opening.
Last sunday I played this music and old memories came back.
They came as a cool breeze on a hot summer afternoon.

It must have been 1949 or 1950.
My friend Eddy and I were taken to the movies by my mother.
Now this was not at an ordinary cinema. It was at a proper working men's palace.

After the thick, velvet curtains had opened a grainy black and white image would appear. The news reel. About a flower exhibition and the installation of a new bell in a churchtower. If you were lucky, there would be an international item. Hula dancing from Hawaii.
After the news a documentairy was shown. Shoving coal to Newcastle, or something else worthwhile knowing.
Then came the first highlight of the show, a performance by the Tuschinski Theater Orkest with conductor John Kapper. They played tunes which sounded remarkable like the first movement of this Jazz Suite. But it got even better. A real variety show was performed. Acrobatics, I had never seen before.
After the intermission the feature film was shown. I was extremely touched by it. I might have cried a little. Why? It took many years to find out. It was this picture

Russian State Symphony Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
1938 String Quartet No 1 Opus 49 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1938-1939 Velikiy grazhdanin (II) opus 55 5.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich Comments:
Film music from The Great Citizen

Funeral March

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

1939 Symphony No 6 5.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Through official channels, this was the message:
"To put it briefly, Shostakovitch's basic idea was the following: for the last time his hero is casting a mental glance over the drama that has been played out in his mind in order to turn to real life, to its sparkle and joy."

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cond. Leopold Stokowsky

1939 Symphony No 6 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
London Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Sir Adrian Boult
1939 Skazka o glupom myshonke 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich Comments:
Animated film after the fairy tale by Samuil Marshak
The Tale of the Silly Little Mouse

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

1940 Piano Quintet in G minor Opus 57 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Edward Auer - Piano
Paul Rosenthal - Violin
Marcus Thompson - Viola
Godfried Hoogeveen - Cello
1940 Piano Quintet in G minor Opus 57 4.00 stars 8 CD
Comments:
Martha Argerich - Piano
Renaud Capucon- Violin
Alissa Margulis - Violin
Lyda Chen - Viola
Mischa Maisky - Cello
1940 Piano Quintet in G minor Opus 57 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Kathryn Stoot
London Musici Quartet

1941 Symphony No 7 [Leningrad Symphony] 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 7 [Leningrad Symphony] Comments:
The seventh symphony tells of a great people and a merciless, soulless enemy, of the bitterness of losses, of sorrow and of unwavering faith in victory. If was filled with thoughts and feelings that in that terrible autumn of 1941 were typical of all Soviet people. The Symphony embodied the lofty ideals for which the people were fighting, it was a reflection of the greatest of all heroes - the people.
So this is a kick-ass symphony. Applause from the Red Square!
Nicely played.

USSR State Symphony Orchestra cond. Jewgeny Svetlanov
1943 Piano Sonata No 2 Opus 61 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Colin Stone - Piano
1943 Symphony No 8 3.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 8 Comments:
It was trouble all over again:
An ... editorial emphasizes still more sharply the "feeling of dissatisfaction" with the 8th Symphony, especially with its last two movements. This dissatisfaction is due to the fact that the profoundly tragic thema on which the symphony is based and which is embodied in the first movements with great power, does not get proper treatment in the final movements..... If the Kremlin said so, you'd better believe.
I guess Shostakovitch had to promise to try harder.

London Symphony Orchestra cond. Andre Previn

1944 Piano Trio No. 2 Opus 67 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Edward Auer - Piano
Christian Bor - Violin
Nathalien Rosen - Cello
1940 Piano Trio No 2 Opus 67 4.00 stars 8 CD
Comments:
Martha Argerich - Piano
Maxime Vengerov- Violin
Gautier Capucon - Cello
1944 String Quartet No 2 Opus 68 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1945 Symphony No 9 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 9 Comments:
It may be asked whether or not the finale of the 9th Symphony does not mark Shostakovitch return to the mischievous grotesqueries that he was so fond of in his youth. There is however, the grotesque in the "fascist" episode of the 7th, in the third movement of the 8th and in the finale of the Trio. But it is not the grotesquerie of youth...... Shostakovitch grotesqueries became a menacing weapon in the struggle against the disgusting forces of evil and destruction.
Why not sub-title this Symphony "Cold War"?

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Kiril Kondrashin
1945 Symphonic Movement 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra cond. Mark Fitz-Gerald

1946 String Quartet No 3 Opus 73 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1947 Pirogov Opus 76 4.00 stars CD
cover Comments:
Film music for the Grigori Kozintsev movie

Scherzo
Finale

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

1948 From Jewish Folk Poetry Opus 79 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 4 Comments:
Elisaberth Soederstroem - Soprano
Ortrun Wenkel - Contralto
Ryszard Karczukofsky - Tenor
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink
1949 The Fall of Berlin 3.50 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 4 Comments:
Complete film score

Moscow Symphony Orchestra cond. Adriano

1949 String Quartet No 4 Opus 83 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1951 The Unforgettable Year 1919 3.50 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 4 Comments:
Suite from film score

Moscow Symphony Orchestra cond. Adriano

1952 String Quartet No 5 Opus 92 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1953 Symphony No 10 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 10 Comments:
So he could relax for a while:

After that the good-natured bassoon again starts  the carefree main theme of the Allegro. All of its themes are repeated in a swirl of dancing rhythm and the Tenth Symphony, the result of searching meditation of a most profound and sensitive artist of our time comes to an end.

USSR State Symphony Orchestra cond. Jewgeny Svetlanov
1953 Symphony No 10 4.00 stars 7 CD
Comments:
London Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Bernard Haitink
1953 Concertino for 2 Pianos in A Minor, Op.94 4.00 stars 6 CD
Nutcracker for piano duo Comments:
Martha Argerich - Piano
Lilya Zilberstein - Piano
1955 The Gadfly Opus 97 4.00 stars CD
cover Comments:
Film music

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

The titular Gadfly in this Russian film is the illegitimate son of an Italian cardinal. The time is the 19th century, when Italy is under Austrian rule. The hero rallies his countrymen to battle for Italian independence. After several narrow escapes, the Gadfly is captured and executed by firing squad; in the very last moments, his father finally acknowledges the Gadfly's true family heritage. Oleg Strizhenov is the star of this filmization of Ethel L. Voynich's 19th century novel. The film's impressive visuals are augmented by Dmitri Shostakovich's thrilling musical score.

1956 Violin Concerto No 1 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Lydia Mordkovitch - Violin
Scottish National Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1956 String Quartet No 6 Opus 101 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1957 Piano Concerto No 2 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Elisabeth Leonskaja - Piano
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cond. Hugh Wolff

1957 Piano Concerto No 2 4.00 stars SACD
Comments:
Ingrid Jacobi - Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Charles Mackerras
1957 Piano Concerto No 2 4.00 stars DVD-R
Comments:
Benjamin Grosvenor - Piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra cond. Marin Alsop

Recorded from BBC Proms 2015

1957 Symphony No 11 (The Year 1905) 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 11 Comments:
Pairs with Symphony No 12
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink
1959 Cello Concerto No 1 4.00 stars BL-R
Comments:
Yo Yo Ma - Cello
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Danielle Gatti

Recorded live at the Concert Gebouw by MEZZO

1960 Chamber Symphony 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
I Musici de Montreal cond. Yuli Turovsky
1960 String Quartet No 7 Opus 108 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1960 String Quartet No 8 Opus 110 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1961 Symphony No 12 (The Year 1917) 3.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 12 [The Year 1917] Comments:
Now this was something the red army could march on!
I guess he could keep his Lenin-order for now.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig cond. Ogan Durjan
1962 Symphony No 13 (Babi Yar) 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 13 [Babi Yar] Comments:
This is a symphony for bass, male choir and orchestra.
Text by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Babi Yar was a concentration camp, where during WW2 on a large scale murders on Jewish people took place. It took courage to write a work about anti-semitism in the USSR.

Tom Krause - Bariton
Philadelphia Orchestra cond. Eugene Ormandy
1963 Cherry Town (Musical) 2.50 stars DVD
Comments:

Olga Zabotkina
Marina Khotuntseva
Svetlana Zhivankova
Marina Polbentseva
Vladimir Vasilyev
Grigori Bortnikov
Vladimir Zemlyanikin
Vasili Merkuryev

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra cond.Gerbert Rappaport

1963 Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Songs Opus 115 2.50 stars CD
Comments:
Arrangement by Guy Duker

Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

1963-1964 Hamlet Opus 116 4.00 stars CD
cover Comments:
Music from the Russian Shakespeare film.

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

Kozintsev's is the very best of all screen versions of Hamlet, its low profile being more due to its language and the poor international distribution of Russian films in general than any artistic failings, and there's little doubt that it was a major influence on the Kenneth Branagh version. But the latter's Ghost scene, though undoubtedly inspired by Kozintsev's, suffered on two counts: one is that Brian Blessed with enhanced glowing eyes was no match for the terrifying black armour-clad silhouette (his speech sounded sensational in Russian, too, "Slyuzhet, slyuzhet, slyuzhet" adding a darkly sibilant edge to Shakespeare's original "List, list, O list"), and, rather more seriously, he wasn't backed by a score by Shostakovich on pretty close to peak form.

1964 Stenka Razine 4.00 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Stenka Razine Comments:
This is a piece for Bass, Choir and Orchestra on text by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who I know was a famous poet, but I can not remember a single line of his poetry.

Bass - Vitali Gromadski
Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow cond. Kiril Kondrachin
1964 String Quartet No 9 Opus 117 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1964 String Quartet No 10 Opus 118 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1964 Sonata for Violin and Piano Opus 134 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Isabella van Keulen - Violin
Ronald Brautingam - Piano
1966 String Quartet No 11 Opus 122 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1967 Violin Concerto No 2 4.00 stars CD
Comments:
Lydia Mordkovitch - Violin
Scottish National Orchestra cond. Neeme Jarvi
1967 Sofia Perovskaya Opus 132 4.00 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich Comments:
Film music

Royal Concertgebouworkest cond. Riccardo Chailly

Sofia Perovskaya was perhaps some sort of a fulfillment of that long-abandoned plan. Sofia is a member of Narodnaya Volya ("People's Will"), the terrorist organization that assassinated Tsar Alexander II in 1881. She is as ruthless in her determination as Katerina was, and it seems to have been the character's strength that attracted Shostakovich to the film by Lev Arnshtam, with whom Shostakovich had been working in sound films beginning in 1930.
Shostakovich wrote 17 numbers for the score, of which two are lost.

1968  String Quartet No 12 Opus 133 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No 12 Comments:
Borodin Quartet:

Rostislav Doubinski - Violin
Jaroslav Alexandrov - Violin
Dimitri Chebaline - Viola
Valeri Berlinski - Cello
1968 String Quartet No 12 Opus 133 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
This could be the same recording as the Chant du Monde one

Borodin Quartet

1969 Symphony No 14 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 14 Comments:
Dedicated to Benjamin Britten

Julia Varada - Soprano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Barytone
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink

1970 String Quartet No 13 Opus 138 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No 13 Comments:
Borodin Quartet:

Rostislav Doubinski - Violin
Jaroslav Alexandrov - Violin
Dimitri Chebaline - Viola
Valeri Berlinski - Cello
1970 String Quartet No 13 Opus 138 5.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Borodin Quartet
1971 Symphony No 15 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 15 Comments:

Elisaberth Soederstroem - Soprano
Ortrun Wenkel - Contralto
Ryszard Karczukofsky - Tenor
London Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink

1973 String Quartet No 14 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No 14 Comments:
Beethoven Quartet

Dmitri Zygarov - Violin
Nikolai Sabawnikow - Violin
Fjodor Drushinin - Viola
Sergej Schirinskij - Cello
1973   Six Poems by Marina Swetajewa (Suite for Contra-alto and Piano) 3.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - Six Poems by Marina Swetajewa [Suite for Contra-alto and Piano] Comments:
Irina Bogatschewa - Mezzo Soprano
Sophia Wakmann - Piano
1974 Six Poems by Marina Swetajewa (Version for Contra-alto and Chamber Orchestra) 4.00 stars 11CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Six Poems by Marina Swetajewa (Version for Contra-alto and Chamber Orchestra) Comments:

Ortrun Wenkel - Contralto
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Bernhard Haitink

1974 String Quartet No 15 4.50 stars LP
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No 15 Comments:
Beethoven Quartet

Dmitri Zygarov - Violin
Nikolai Sabawnikow - Violin
Fjodor Drushinin - Viola
Sergej Schirinskij - Cello
1975 Sonata for Viola and Piano Opus 147 3.50 stars CD
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 Comments:
Isabella van Keulen - Violin
Ronald Brautingam - Piano
Documentary Shostakovich - Against Stalin 4.00 stars DVD
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No 15 Comments:
Documentary from 2005.
Gergiev is narrator and conductor.
Fragments played by Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Revolves around the 4th to the 8th symphony

Documentary Leningrad and the Orchestra that defied Hitler 4.00 stars DVD-R
Comments:
BBC documentary from 2015 about the historic performance of the 7th Symphony.
Shot entirely on location in St Petersburg, the story is interwoven
with excerpts of the symphony performed specially by the
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich, the composer's son.