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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies

6 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Release Date: 6 May 2010
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2007 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK
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  • Total Length: 11:43:53
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  • ASIN: B002X3XKXG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony harold daley on 8 Mar. 2015
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Rostropovich understands Shostakovich. 14 Feb. 2014
By kirohe - Published on Amazon.com
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This set of recordings spans a considerable amount of time, yet none of these performances disappoint. Rostropovich is, generally, quite careful with details in these varied works and may be considered reserved when compared to more flashy performances, but I found that reason to listen to these more than once to hear more of, who I consider to be, Shostakovich.
The recording venues vary, yet are all quite listenable. I didn't feel disappointed by any of them, and dynamics were good without any obvious gain-riding or over-engineering.
I highly recommend this set.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The greatest "14th" on disc 29 May 2015
By Terrance Aldon Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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This 12-disc set from 2007 brings together recordings made between 1973 and 1997 with at least three different orchestras for as many labels. The performances run a fairly steep gamut from a lackluster, yawn-inducing 8th (with the LSO from 1992 for TelDec/Erato), to the brilliant, stunning 14th, perhaps the greatest performance of a Shostakovich symphony every committed to disc--and, basically, the reason I bought the set.

Rostrapovich's classic--and still unequaled-- 1973 reading of the 14th with his wife, soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, bass Mark Reshitin, and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow originally appeared on the old Soviet Melodiya label, subsequently re-issued in the US on a CBS/Melodiya LP (M 34507 (1977)) and on CD first by Melodiya (SUCD 10-00241) in 1991 just before the breakup of the USSR, and later on the obscure Revelation label (RV 10101)--a poor transfer at best. I cannot complain about EMI/Warner's transfer; it is probably as good as it's possible to get, although still vexed by the original recording's odd acoustic quirks and sometimes-jarring spatial perspective, the tape hiss is mostly gone, and the performances are still as unforgettably passionate, fiery, driven, and utterly electrifying as when first committed to tape over forty years ago.

Other high points include what may be the best interpretation of the often-overlooked 12th Symphony from 1960--Rostrapovich's 1997 recording with the LSO goes a long way to convince me that this is more than a thematically-impoverished piece of note-spinning, but a work of genuine drama and substance. A very fine 6th, also with the LSO--and coupled with the 12th; a well-played and not-too over-the-top 5th; a superb 7th, an aptly quirky 1st, a well-paced (if a bit thin-textured) 9th, and a moving, heartfelt 13th with the National Symphony of Washington D.C., which gets one of the best performances on record, worthy to stand alongside truly great readings by Bernard Haitink (Decca), Eugene Ormandy (RCA), Neeme Jarvi (DG), and the 2014 Vasily Petrenko outing for Naxos

With the already-noted exception of the Melodiya 14th, the re-mastered sound in this set is fairly consistent from one disc to the next, notwithstanding the near-two-decade time span over which these recordings were made. Many of TelDec's original issues featured maddeningly low dynamic levels, which often necessitated a good deal of knob-twisting; but EMI's transfer engineers seem to have addressed this issue with some success.

Attractively priced and handsomely packaged, this set will make a welcome addition to any serious collection. Die-hard Shostakovich complete-ists will want it not only for the 14th, but as a document of a great musical association between the composer and one of his most ardent interpreters and dearest personal friends (akin in its way to the recordings of Mahler by Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer), but it has much to offer the classical-music beginner, and novice collector as well. Recommended!
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Musical Genius 8 Oct. 2013
By PGK - Published on Amazon.com
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At the time when Shostakovitch was creating what has been known as a history of the Soviet Union in music (a Rostropovich quote), to my mind there were three outstanding musicologists in the Soviet Union at that special time in musical history. I say three because they stand out so vividly in my interest in the music of that period. The three are Mstislav Rostropovich, Kiril Kondrashin, and David Oistrach. Rostropovich was the last of the three to pass into history. To date he is the most gifted cellist that has every lived in recorded music history. More pieces were written with him in mind that any other musician of that genre.

When he was visiting our local orchestra I tried to get tickets to see and hear him play cello. The tickets were sold out so quickly I had no chance. He was +/- 80 years old at that time. When Rostropovich returned to conduct Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky I bought tickets without hesitation. The performance was both emotional and flawless. He had so much passion for the music I returned for a second concert he conducted the following year. For that concert I sat within yards of the podium to catch every gesture.

Personally I consider every recording of Rostropovich either with cello, piano recital (with his wife), or orchestra a collector's item both as an object and listening experience. Rostropovich with all of his fame in the Soviet Union, gave it up to provide sanctuary for Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was then exiled and labeled 'a non-citizen' by the Soviet authorities. Therefore most of the recordings were done out of country. There are very few recordings with Russian orchestra during that period of exile. This collection presents a part of music history that needs to be heard.
42 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Rostropovich has an insight into Shostakovich 9 Sept. 2011
By Ultrarunner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1934 The lady Macbeth of Mtsensk had its premiere and was successful. In 1936 Stalin after seeing the opera condemned it. Pravda wrote an article warning the composer of the errors of his ways. In 1937 he was called into the offices of the KGB, for knowing about a plot against Stalins life. He was sent home to remember what was said. When he returned the next day the investigator had been removed. He survived a certain death. He wrote the fifth Symphony and it was considered a response to just criticism.

I had bought the DVD Shostakovich against Stalin with excerpts from the symphonies conducted by Gergiev,quite a few years ago.I had a number of Naxos recordings of Shostakovich's symphonies. A month ago I obtained Keeping score. A lecture on the 5th Symphony conducted by Tilson Thomas, where he states that the 3rd movement, the largo is a hymn for the dead, possibly for those killed in the purges. This interested me, so I looked at the DVD Shostakovich against Stalin, where friends and family members give an insight into the composer. A friend stated that the 4th movement and parts of the Symphony, is showing how the individual is threatened. You will rejoice and so out of fear that you may end up in the gulag, or disappear,you think I must rejoice. This interested me, so I obtained from Amazon Shostakovich-a life remembered by Elizabeth Wilson and Shostakovich Reconsidered by Ho and Feofanov. This book shows how Testimony by Volkov, who wrote down the composers memoirs, was true, not a hoak, or made up. This idea has been put forward by a few academics,who take up the Soviet line. Having grown up in South Africa, a police state, I know how it works. In 1973, because I was a sportsman,I was simply told to leave the country. This was because of my outspokenness against the regime of Apartheid. Testimony rings true.

Now to the Rostropovich set, who conducts the London Symphony orchestra in the 2nd, 3rd,6th,10th 12th and 15th. The rest are with the national Symphony orchestra. The singers are Vishnevskaya and Reshetin in the 14th and Ghiuselev bass in the 13th, Babi Yar. I found the tempi to be fast, bringing out the themes,also the irony,sadness,the suppression of people by Stalin and his cohorts from the 5th to 9th Symphonies. Rostropovich conducts the 5th Symphony faster, then Maxim the composers son conducting the Prague Symphony orchestra in his complete set. Yet Maxims 7th has more emotion then Rostropovich.I would say that Maxim Shostakovich's interpretation has the emotional pull where required,but Rostropovich the speed and bite.Formerly a world renowned Cellist,he is a good conductor, which may surprise many. I can throughly recommend it as a set. This set is useful for those who know nothing about the symphonies. You are in for a surprise, for the music is semi traditional, not like the music of Berg and Webern. Those who have loved the music for years and need a box set, this is the one for you. Its cheap as well.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Shostakovich! That says it All! 23 Jun. 2014
By railfan - Published on Amazon.com
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While I must confess I'm not really into the Russian composers, there are a couple I like very much, and Dmitri Shostakovitch is one of them. His symphonies, while they may seem a bit heavy to some, are total masterpieces, as far as I'm concerned. His music can paint a very vivid picture in your mind, if you let it. His music not only speaks, it shows you a picture of what he's trying to bring out to you in his music. One of my favorites is his Thirteenth, subtitled "Babi Yar". It's a rather grim historical picture of an atrocity that was covered up for years, but has finally been uncovered. The music conveys this message, as well as illustrating Yevtushenko's poem about this landmark in Kiev in the Ukraine.
All told, I'm glad to have these symphonies in my collection. I'm glad they're on CD's, because it's lot harder to wear a CD out by playing it a lot. This I hope to do, and if you purchase this set, I'm sure you'll feel the same way..
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