Shostakovich: Prologue to 'Orango'; Symphony No.4
Released: Jun 2012
The Stalin Terror of '33 kept Shostakovich from finishing Orango, a tragic-satiric opera about a human/ape who falls from newspaperman to circus attraction. But a piano score of the prelude survived, was orchestrated, and then premiered in 2011 -- resulting in this live recording. What a find! Even without any Russian, you can hear the sleaze of the "entertainer" (Track 3), and the absurdist pandemonium of Orango's rampage through a gawking crowd (Track 8). Paired with the composer's intense 4th Symphony and played by an energized L.A. Philharmonic, this is must-hear music.