Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dmitri Shostakovich - Suite from Hamlet

Shostakovich was a Soviet composer during the Stalin period.  Denounced twice, he survived to become a member of the Supreme Soviet.  The reason was that he was their most internationally famous composer.  His neo-classical style was easily adapted to film (as was his predecessor, Prokofiev), which is where this suite came from.

While his Lady Macbeth was probably his most famous work, he also composed for Hamlet.   Enjoy.

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