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NAXOS CELEBRATES SHOSTAKOVICH CENTENARY WITH TWO NEW RELEASES

SEATTLE SYMPHONY RECORDING AND A MUSICAL “PORTRAIT” IN STORES MARCH 21st

Forget Mozart: 2006 is the 100th anniversary of Dmitry Shostakovich’s birth.  On March 21st, Naxos will release a new disc of the composer’s music with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, who are hosting a Shostakovich festival March 29th-April 15th.  The CD features the symphonic poems The Execution of Stepan Razin (1967) with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and bass-baritone Charles Robert Austin, and October (1964).   Also included are the Five Fragments from 1935, written while Shostakovich was planning his Fourth Symphony.

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): The Execution of Stepan Razin; October; Five Fragments

SeattleSymphony, Gerard Schwarz

SeattleSymphony Chorale, Abraham Kaplan

Charles Robert Austin, bass-baritone

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Naxos will also release Dmitry Shostakovich: A Portrait, a collection of 26 tracks that feature Shostakovich playing his own works and an excerpt from a 1941 radio address.  A richly-illustrated booklet containing a detailed essay by Richard Whitehouse accompanies the 2-CD set.

Dmitry Shostakovich: A Portrait

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