Delos New Release
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
The Lady and the Hooligan (1962)
(Ballet in one act)
Introduction • Street • The Hooligan • The Lady • School • Prayer • Tavern • Visions • Scene • Promenade in Park • (Allegro) • (Adagio) • Fight • Finale
Ballet Suite No. 2 (1951)
Waltz • Adagio • Polka • Sentimental Romance • Spring Waltz • Finale (Galop)
Minsk Symphony Orchestra
Walter Mnatsakanov, conductor
DRD 2004 (DDD)
In the 1990s, Constantine Orbelian’s Russian Disc label recorded many unique and highly prized programs of Russian repertoire, a number of which will be re-released on Delos. The captivating Shostakovich Film Series is first on our list, with two CDs released earlier this year and now this choreographic program.
The Lady and the Hooligan, Volume 4 in the Shostakovich Film Series, is a “choreographic novel” in seven episodes. The 41-minute score is an ingenious tapestry of descriptive music drawn from a number of Shostakovich works. Arranged by Levon Atovmyan, “The Lady and the Hooligan” vividly conveys the characters and their dramatic story, based on a screenplay by Vladimir Mayakovsky.
The more familiar Ballet Suite No. 2 is lively and lyrical, playful and ironic, in typical Shostakovich style.
Already released on the Shostakovich Film Series are Suites from the Film Scores The Young Guard and Zoya (DRD 2001), and Music from the Film Alone, (DRD 2002).