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Program 545: Not Socialist Realism

KALW Broadcast Date: February 1, 2019 | Host: Randall Wong

In the 1930s, the official Soviet party’s approved musical style was Socialist Realism, a genre of idealized, realistic art that was developed in the Soviet Union and was imposed as the official style in that country between 1932 and 1988. Socialist Realism is characterized by the glorified depiction of communist values, such as the emancipation of the proletariat, by means of realistic imagery. Socialist Realism was the exclusive form of approved art in the Soviet Union from its development in the 1920s to its eventual decline from official status beginning in the late 60s. Shostakovich had a hard time painting inside these lines and found himself in trouble more than a few times.

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emi-shosty-lady-macbeth

Title: Bedroom Scene from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performers: Galina Vishnevskaya and Nicolai Gedda with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting.
Recording Title: Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number: B002N4DZ44

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Title: Symphony No. 4: I. Allegretto poco moderato – Presto
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performers: Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies
Recording Title: Shostakovich Symphony no. 4: Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies
Record Label: Supertrain Records
Catalog Number: n/a

jazz-album-shosty

Title: Suite for Jazz Orchestra no. 1
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly conducting
Recording Title: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album
Record Label: Decca Records
Catalog Number: 475 9983

jazz-album-shosty

Title: Tahiti Trot / Tea for Two
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performers: Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly conducting
Recording Title: Shostakovich: The Jazz Album
Record Label: Decca Records
Catalog Number: 475 9983

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