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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: New Babylon (The) (Basel Sinfonietta, Fitz-Gerald)


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The Sound of Silents
– Mark Fitz-Gerald talks to Jeremy Siepmann

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: New Babylon (The) (Basel Sinfonietta, Fitz-Gerald)

This recording of New Babylon, one of Shostakovich’s most inventive and truly symphonic film scores, is the first complete recording of all the surviving music from the original ‘lost’ manuscript full score and the first to use five solo string players only, as conceived by the composer. A remarkable collage of marches, can-cans, carnival music, tumultuous rhythms and musical quotations, New Babylon bristles with witty dissonance and brassy ebullience, emphasizing the film’s content rather than its visual surface. Mark Fitz-Gerald’s two previous Naxos world première recordings of Shostakovich’s film scores for Alone (8.570316) and The Girlfriends (8.572138) have been highly acclaimed.

Disc 1

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Noviy Vavilon (New Babylon), Op. 18 (original manuscript version)
1.   Reel 1, General Sale: War - Death to the Prussians 00:09:02
2.   Reel 2, Head over Heels: Paris 00:10:01
3.   Reel 3, The Siege of Paris 00:10:51
4.   Reel 4, 18th March 1871: On the morning of 18th March the workers still guarded their guns 00:13:21

Disc 2

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Noviy Vavilon (New Babylon), Op. 18 (original manuscript version)
1.   Reel 5, Versailles against Paris: Paris has stood for centuries 00:10:21
2.   Reel 6, The Barricade: The 49th day of defence 00:14:51
3.   Reel 7, To the Firing Squad: There is peace and order in Paris 00:10:39
4.   Reel 8, Death: The trial 00:08:11
5.   Reel 8 (continued), Original ending 00:04:07

Total Playing Time: 01:31:24

Shostakovich, Dmitry

Fitz-Gerald, Mark

Basel Sinfonietta

Label: Naxos

Series: Film Music Classics

Genre: Film and TV Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572824-25

Barcode: 747313282470

Physical Release: 11/2011

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