Original Title: Novyy Vavilon
Directed by: G.Kozintsev, L.Trauberg
Writing credits: G.Kozintsev, L.Trauberg
Starring: David Gutman; Y. Kuzmina, A. Kostrichkin, P. Sobolevsky, Y. Zhejmo, S. Gerasimov
Genre: drama
Country: Soviet Union
Running Time: 96 mins.

Instrumentation List:

New Babylon

Restored from 1929 manuscript of Dmitri Shostakovich’s only silent film work.

1 flute
1 oboe
1 clarinet
1 bassoon
2 horns
2 trumpets
1 trombone
percussion (2)
piano (2 minute solo)


Brock records his restoration of Shostakovich masterpiece with Vienna's ORF.

Working hand in hand with the ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien and the Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Timothy Brock conducted a recording session of his restoration of Dmitri Shostakovich only silent-film score, NEW BABYLON (1929/30).

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Restoration of New Babylon

Where exact synchronisation was called for it was spot on; but more often one was admiring a great deal of excellent solo playing from principals in every section and fine ensemble playing.

Lindis Taylor, The Evening Post, August 2001


The Wellington Sinfonia under Brock did a splendid job, with the trumpet of John Taber brilliantly prominent, and, for all my reservations, it was a unique opportunity to experience such an uncompromising representation of the director’s intentions.

John Button, The Dominion, August 2001


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