Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonatas Op.40 & Op.147


Composer(s): Dmitri Shostakovich

Artist(s): Massimo Paris, Viola | Miyuki Washimiya, Piano


Barcode: 0793597816092

  • EAN Code: 7.93597816092
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Instrumental
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Period: Baroque
  • Sound Engineer: Giovanni Caruso
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FROM ALBUM NOTES by Edmondo Filippini:

The success of the music of Shostakovich in the XX century has been one of the key points in the evolution of the language of music and it has given one of the most important alternatives to the school of Vienna. With his own style always looking to the past and searching for those roots he felt to be corrupted by the totalitarian regime, which he tried to opposite to first with his symphonic works and then with the chamber ones. Shostakovich is not only one of the most important figures of his age but he also is one of the most important authors in the history of music. A really prolific composer, whose chamber works- free from the regime’s imposition- autonomously stand out as absolute masterpieces, no matter if they are the 15 quartets, the 24 planned ones, or the three sonatas dedicated to the instrumental duo. The most important of these compositions undoubtedly is the Third, dedicated to the Viola. The others actually are the First Sonata for Cello Op.40, here presented in the original transcription by Massimo Paris and the Second Sonata op. 134, dedicated to the Violin. The Sonata for Viola Op.147, more than be the last composition of the author, also is the extreme summa of his most significant works and so the definite point of arrival of his complex and articulated poetics. We can suppose that Shostakovich realized he would have never composed anything else after. He finished writing it between June and the first days of August 1975 and in the same month a lung cancer definitively closed his life and his artistic path. […] (Translation by Fabiana Binarelli)


Dmitri Shostakovich: (b St Petersburg, 12/25 Sept 1906; d Moscow, 9 Aug 1975). Russian composer. He is generally regarded as the greatest symphonist of the mid-20th century, and many of his string quartets, concertos, instrumental and vocal works are also firmly established in the repertory. His numerous film scores, extensive incidental theatre music and three ballets are of more variable quality. In 1936, political intervention cut short his potentially outstanding operatic output; such interference continued to blight his career, belying the outward signs of official favour and recognition that increasingly came his way. Amid the conflicting pressures of official requirements, the mass suffering of his fellow countrymen, and his personal ideals of humanitarianism and public service, he succeeded in forging a musical language of colossal emotional power. The music of his middle period is often epic in scale and content; it has been understood by many Russians, and in more recent years also by Westerners, as chronicling his society and times, conveying moods and, as some would argue, experiences and even political messages in notes, at a time when to do so in words was proscribed. Since the appearance in 1979 of his purported memoirs, which expressed profound disaffection from the Soviet regime, his works have been intensely scrutinized for evidence of such explicit communication. However, his intentions in this respect continue to provoke disagreement, not least because of the problematic status of the sources involved. He published articles and made speeches under varying degrees of duress; for much of his life his correspondence was liable to be read by censors; he destroyed almost all letters sent to him; he kept no diary; and his reported confidences to friends and family are of varying reliability. Meanwhile, the musical dimensions of his works remain comparatively little examined. He played a decisive role in the musical life of the former Soviet Union, as teacher, writer and administrator. He was also an active pianist, frequently performing his own works until disability prevented him. His last concert appearance was in 1966


Paris, Massimo (Violist) He was born in Rome, Italy. He is a versatile artist: soloist of viola and viola d’amore, composer, conductor, pedagogue. His concert career has led him as soloist of viola and viola d’amore and conductor in the world major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls) New York, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Berlin Philharmonie, Accademia S. Cecilia Rome, Paris Opera, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival and Barbican Halls London, Sidney Opera House, Tokio Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall, Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires, Gewandhaus Leipzig. Soloist of viola and viola d’amore with “I Virtuosi di Roma” of Renato Fasano, since 1977 he joined as principal solo viola ”I Musici”. He is also a founder member in 1994 of “Stradivari string quartet”. In the chamber music field, he performed with world famous artists such as: P.Carmirelli, M.Campanella, B.Canino, G.Carmignola, S.Gazzelloni, B.Giuranna, P. L. Graf, Heinz and Ursula Holliger, R. Orozco, B. Pergamenschikow, M.Pressler, F.Petracchi, Pepe Romero & Los Romeros, C.Zacharias, Academica Artis, Orpheus string quartets, Trio di Milano and with members of Beaux Arts and Eroica trios and Guarneri, Emerson and Orlando quartets. He is a regular guest at Festivals such as Malboro, (invited by Rudolf Serkin), Montreux Edinburgh, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Mostly Mozart New York, Santa Fe New Mexico, Orlando, Spoleto. He is also a composer of symphonic and chamber music: his Christmas Suite dedicated to the legendary “Los Romeros” has been recorded for DGG, the cadenzas of his own CD of A. Rolla’s Viola Concertos and the corpus of 18 cadenzas for the Locatelli “Arts of the Violin” has been recorded for PHILIPS. He alternates his activity with conducting: founder member of Accademia Musicale Italiana & “Concerto Malaga”. Professor of viola and chamber music in Germany at the Musikhochschule Köln-Aachen and in Italy at the prestigious “Accademia di S. Cecilia” in Rome (postgraduate master), he is invited to held masterclasses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand. He has often invited guest member of International Competition Jury. He recorded for many Radio Television broadcasting in Europe, USA, South America, Japan, Australia and for the main record labels such as Columbia, Denon. Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Arcadia, Eloquence, Brillant, Genuin, Dynamic, Claves, Epic Da Vinci Classics and 3 charity Cd for Unicef.

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