The Music

CD PROGRAM (Worldwide release fall 2015)

  • Gypsy and Jewish Folk songs from Transylvania, Muntenia and Russia
  • Chamber Symphony Op 73a. Dmitri Shostakovich / Rudolph Barshai
  • Chamber Symphony Op 83a. Dmitri Shostakovich / Rudolph Barshai

Dmitri Shostakovich

In this first edition of essential music we will focus on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975):  A polifacetic, prolific and often controversial composer.  Perhaps due to the hardships he endured during his life, he decided to keep most of his thoughts for himself: Shostakovich said very little about his music, actually, he didn’t say much at all. A composer of very few words and an extremely diverese and retoric musical language, he left us with endless unanswered questions.

Read more about Shostakovich


Watch us playing Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies op 73a and op 83a


Folk & Classic?

As you can read in The Project page, classical music is often strongly influenced by folklore. Folklore is part of a person’s identity and folklore music is perhaps one of the strongest elements of local identity. When present, folk music is one of the main elements that provide classical music with lyricism and spontaneity.    In this edition of essential music we explore the influence Eastern European folk had in the music of Shostakovich.

Read more about the relation Folk Music – Classical Music


Watch us playing Eastern European folk tunes



What is Folk Music?

The term “Folk Music” is used to describe many types of music, sometimes radically different from each other…  What is actually folk music?

Here is what we think Folk Music is.