Available now. Reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald, Complete Original Score for the 1955 Film The Gadfly, as never heard before. World premiere recording.
The score of The Gadfly is based on the new DSCH New Collected Works edition, volume 138 (2017). It has been co-edited by Mark Fitz-Gerald who has contributed a note in the booklet regarding the important and complicated reconstruction necessary. He is also the conductor.
The editorial work differentiates this recording from every other one of The Gadfly – which, in any case, has usually meant the Suite, Op.97a which is drawn from the score.
The Counterplan was commissioned to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Revolution so this can be used as a musical/political tie-in. There
have been numerous books and articles published this year on the Revolution and this disc expands the concept to film.
These three segments are all that has published from The Counterplan.
SHOSTAKOVICH The Gadfly. Complete Original Score for the 1955 Film, The Counterplan (excerpts) Bachchor Mainz, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz / Mark Fitz-Gerald. Naxos
“The Gadfly film score Op. 97 is the only work Shostakovich completed in 1955. It was a very difficult time for the composer: despite Khrushchev taking over after Stalin’s death in 1953, the new leader’s progress was erratic while the State’s oppression continued. He also had to face the death of his wife, Nina, at the end of 1954, followed by the sickness of both parents-in-law, as well as the death of his own mother. Nonetheless he managed to compose this dazzling score which shows no trace of the difficulties he was suffering. The Gadfly was destined to become one of the most popular and memorable works he had ever written/
Unfortunately, following the release of the film (spring 1955) Shostakovich’s assistant, Levon Atovmian, was asked to convert the score into a suite (Op. 97a) which was premiered in November the same year. The work has only ever been known in this form outside Russia. Atovmian had disfigured the music through major restructuring, including re-orchestration (excluding church bells, organ, guitars and mandolin) and cuts at the expense of the beauty, nobility, excitement and sheer variety of the original score.
Our restoration is based entirely on Shostakovich’s own hand written manuscript, as well as the original soundtrack, which was clearly supervised by the composer himself. We sincerely hope he would have approved of our faithful restoration.” – Mark Fitz-Gerald
Other Mark-Fitz Gerald Film Music Classics:
SHOSTAKOVICH New Babylon. Basel Sinfonietta / Mark Fitz-Gerald. Naxos 2cds
“Incredible re-thinking of movie music. Fitz-Gerald and his Baslers do a crisp, clean job.” – ClassicalCDReview.com
HALFFTER, ERNESTO Carmen. Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mark Fitz-Gerald. Naxos
“This performance bythe Frankfurt orchestra is colorful and committed, and winningly recorded.” – Fanfare
SHOSTAKOVICH The Girlfriends (Complete), Salute to Spain. Celea Sheen, Kamil Barczewski. Camerata Silesia. Polish RSO / Mark Fitz-Gerald. Naxos
“Conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald has done his job excellently, and he leads a sensitive and cogent performance” – ClassicsToday.com
SHOSTAKOVICH Odna. The Complete Film Score. Irina Mataeva, Anna Kiknadze, Dmitry Voropaev. Vokalensemble, Frankfurt RSO / Mark Fitz-Gerald. Naxos
“The brief vocal items are attractively done, and Fitz-Gerald secures playing of exceptional vitality from the Frankfurt orchestra.” – Gramophone