The LA Philharmonic announced today its world premiere recording of the recently-discovered Prologue to the unfinished opera Orango, by Dmitri Shostakovich, will be released June 19th. The live recording also features conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a searing performance of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 from the same concert earlier this season.
Also today, Deutsche Grammophon unveiled the cover art for the album. A Soviet-inflected font with a grainy image of the half-ape/half-man title character.
This concert was one of the highlights of the current LA Phil season. Perhaps you heard it recently as part of the LA Phil broadcasts on Classical KUSC. The two-CD set will be priced at $18.99. Here’s E-P on Orango.