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Shostakovich: Hamlet; King Lear - David Wilson-Johnson (baritone); Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Mark Elder (conductor)
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  1. Hamlet, incidental music, Op. 32 (unrelated to film score)
  2. Hamlet, suite from the film score, Op.116a (assembled by Atovmyan): Gigue (1954 Production)
  3. Hamlet, film score, Op. 116 (unrelated to incidental music): Finale (1954 Production)
  4. King Lear, incidental music, Op. 58a
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For the hardcore Shostakovich lover who can't get enough of the composer at his most vicious and vulgar, this 1994 recording by Mark Elder and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be just the thing. Shostakovich loved Shakespeare's Hamlet and King Lear and he composed incidental music for stage productions of both. But the Shakespeare that Shostakovich loved was far more of a twentieth century poltroon than an Elizabethan fop and his incidental music is heavy on the brutal, the banal, and the downright disgusting. ...

Shostakovich: Hamlet; King Lear 2004, Signum UK

UPC: 635212005224