For me, performing twentieth century music is about getting as close to the “source“ as possible. In the case of Shostakovich, it has been my meetings and performances with musicians who knew him, and in particular with his son, Maxim, which have given me invaluable insights into the music and the personality of Shostakovich. The many hair-raising anecdotes, from spurious metronome markings to utter betrayal and intrigue, which Maxim recounted, leave the impression that, even 30 years after his death, Shostakovich is still a mighty yet enigmatic presence.
I decided to include the Gadfly film music as another example of Shostakovich’s ability to wear a musical mask; a seemingly romantic interlude between two giants; but also because the film’s subject matter deals with a freedom fighter whose activities ‘stung’ the authorities. I am happy that, for the first time, we have been able to correct a wrong note which has plagued the Romance since its first performance. Or as Maxim Shostakovich said, “You won’t believe what happened to father here…”
I dedicate this album to DFO.
Daniel Hope teams up with Maxim Shostakovich, the son of the composer, in a stunning recording of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Violin Concerti No 1 and No 2. The CD concludes with the film music of the Romance from “The Gadfly”.back to overview