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12-05-2014, 07:01 AM
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The (Young) Lady and the Hooligan is one of a number of works nominally by Dmitri Shostakovich
that are in fact compilations of works by Shostakovich arranged and rescored to create a new synthetic work.
In 1962, when Shostakovich's post-Stalinist fame was at its height in the Soviet Union, the composer received
more requests for works than he had the time or the inclination to fulfill, and he often turned to his close friend
Levon Atovmyan to "compose" works for him. The Lady and the Hooligan was commissioned by
the Leningrad Malii Opera Theater in 1962, and the work they knowingly received was a synthesis of earlier
Shostakovich works put together to furnish music for a ballet.

The story of the ballet concerns the slow-growing love between the title characters, and the eventual death
of the Hooligan after he has reformed himself through his love of the Lady. For listeners familiar with
Shostakovich's earlier ballet scores and film music, The Lady and the Hooligan will sound like outtakes
skillfully re-formed to create a new work.

The 14 numbers of The Lady and the Hooligan and their sources are as follows:

1. Introduction: Romance from Ballet Suite No. 1
2. Street: The Variations from The Bolt
3. The Hooligan: The Variations from The Bolt
4. The Lady: Romance from Ballet Suite No. 1
5. School: Polka from Ballet Suite No. 1 and Russian Popular Print from The Limpid Stream
6. Prayer: The third movement of the Cello Sonata
7. Tavern: The Tango from The Bolt
8. Visions: The Romance from the film The Gadfly
9. Scene: The first movement of the Cello Sonata
10. Walk in the Park: The Waltz from the Ballet Suite No. 4 and the Variations from The Bolt
11. (Allegro): Extrapolation of the Variations from The Bolt
12. (Adagio): The Adagio from The Limpid Stream
13. Fight: Various numbers from the First, Third and Fourth Ballet Suites
14. Finale: A synthesis of the Romance from Ballet Suite No. 1 and the Variations from The Bolt.

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Music Composed by
Dmitri Shostakovich

Compiled and Arranged by
Levon Atovmyan

Played by the
Russian Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by
Mark Gorenstein

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"First things first: Shostakovich never wrote a ballet called The Young Lady and the Hooligan.
Rather, the score was cobbled together from existing works by Shostakovich's trusted arranger
Levon Atovmian--with the composer's consent. To outline the story briefly: roughneck boy
falls for schoolteacher girl; girl is taunted by boy's gang; boy rushes to defend her and is
killed by now-former friends. A careful listener will hear excerpts from The Gadfly and the
Cello Sonata, along with selections less well known in the West (including the ballets Bolt
and The Limpid Stream). Atovmian actually did a number of such projects with
Shostakovich's music, so a level of mutual artistic understanding already had
been established between the two.

That said, it's very difficult to categorize this work within Shostakovich's canon,
as there's not much sense in judging the quality of a musical narrative that never
really existed as such; it's more of a footnote in the composer's profile. Rather, the
interest lies in individual moments and movements. There are some lushly beautiful,
deeply lyrical and Romantic outpourings that we don't often associate with Shostakovich,
including the brief movements marked Vision, Scène, and Adagio (which features
some gorgeous solo cello playing by Nazar Djourine). However, the brash, spiky
Shostakovich comes to life, appropriately enough, in The Hooligan, The Cabaret,
and The Brawl episodes.

Given the somewhat choppy nature of his raw materials, Mark Gorenstein does an
admirable job of making the disparate hang together. The sound in this 1994
recording from the Mosfilm studios in Moscow is rather distant and one-dimensionally
blunt. That's too bad, since one of Gorenstein's specialties is letting the bright
elements--like the two-minute Hooligan movement, with its sliding trombone
and punchy percussion--really sparkle."

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Source: Brilliant Classics, 2011 (recorded 1994) (my rip!)
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File Size: 226 MB (incl. artwork, booklet, log & cue

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12-05-2014, 07:43 PM
Thank you share!

12-06-2014, 04:10 PM
Thank you, very interesting!

12-07-2014, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the greatest ballet Shostakovich never wrote!

12-08-2014, 04:51 PM
It's nothing to say that "Gorenstein is rare". Finding him is more than useful -- it's as engaging and moving as it can be daunting. My feeling here is not about "finding": it's more than an awe or even great gratitude. This I never knew about. And the moment I see here are Atovmian and Gorenstein together -- with Shostakovich... well, this will be something more than to hear and remember. Oh, yes -- I always remember the night I first listened to Gorenstein's Mahler 9, I stayed up with it -- and far more vitally it stayed and stays in me. As for the "lushly beautiful, deeply lyrical and Romantic outpourings we often don't associate with Shostakovich"... we can know those in one of his ballets and far more than a handful of moments in his superb film scores. For a long, long time I've hoped for radio broadcasts of Gorenstein and Shostakovich to find their way online... if those existed. To have this (not just anything)... well, it is another nearly impossible great gift you share with us. All I can offer for the present in return is not just thanks but a deep assurance... your knowledge, your love for and deep understanding of music and artists keep bringing me back to you (bless you for that!) but to life. And now... forward to (with a gasp) Gorenstein and Shostakovich!!!!!!