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Shostakovich: The Execution of Stepan Razin*, October, Five Fragments
Label: Naxos
Released: July 1, 2008
Catalog Num: 8.557812
The story of Cossack Stepan Razin, who, in the 17th century, led a bloody peasants' revolt against the Tsar, is perfect fodder for Shostakovich. This rarely performed cantata is an exciting, violent work. Composed in 1964, with Shostakovich free of Stalin's repression, it shows the composer at his most angry, bitter, and sorrowful.
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