Mark Fitz-Gerald conducts the Basel Synfonietta.
This recording of New Babylon, one of Shostakovich’s most inventive and truly symphonic film scores, is the first complete recording of all the surviving music from the original ‘lost’ manuscript full score and the first to use five solo string players only, as conceived by the composer. A remarkable collage of marches, can-cans, carnival music, tumultuous rhythms and musical quotations, New Babylon bristles with witty dissonance and brassy ebullience, emphasizing the film’s content rather than its visual surface.
1 Reel 1: General Sale: War. Death to the Prussians 9:02
2 Reel 2: Head over Heels: Paris 10:01
3 Reel 3: The Siege of Paris 10:51
4 Reel 4: 18th March 1871: On the morning of 18th March the workers still guarded their guns 13:21
1 Reel 5: Versailles against Paris: Paris has stood for centuries 10:21
2 Reel 6: The Barricade: The 49th day of defence 14:51
3 Reel 7: To the Firing Squad: There is peace and order in Paris 10:39
4 Reel 8: Death: The trial 8:11
5 Reel 8 (continued): Original ending 4:07