Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok
It was written in 1967, formally to 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. In fact Shostakovich dedicated the work to singer Galina Vishnevskaya. The composition is written for soprano, violoncello, violin and piano. The first performance took place on October 25, 1967 at the Moscow Conservatoire Hall with Mstislav Rostropovich on cello, Moisey Vainberg on piano, David Oistrakh on violin and with Vishnevskaya.
The cycle consists of seven parts:
- 1) Song of Ophelia
- 2) Gamayun, the Bird of Prophecy
- 3) We Were Together
- 4) Gloom Enwraps the Sleeping City
- 5) The Storm
- 6) Secret Signs
- 7) Music
Music, written to pessimist, symbolist verses, is terse and often returns to the theme of suffering and death.
ArteMiss Trio. (Alžběta Poláčková-soprano) ArcoDiva CD. UP 0069-2131
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