Robert Newman’s top 10 favourite albums : number 6 : Gadfly Suite – Shostakovich – National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1996. Naxos)

Shostakovich wrote this a s a film score. It massively upstages the film. Listening to this was like listening to, say, Hatful of Hollow – you realise that out there is someone who feels the same way. The intro and the prelude and the best bits. But the Nocturne is beautifully melancholic too.

For number 7 in Robert Newman’s top 10 favourite albums please go here

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