Like the rest of Naxos' catalogue, this CD represents excellent value for money, working out at just over Â£3 per CD. However, unlike much of the catalogue, the 'bargain' price is unfortunately rather evident in the quality of the performance. Occasional tuning and intonation problems in the strings, and timing problems elsewhere, mar the perfomance somewhat and are rather frustrating. That said, however, the collection still provides a good overview of Shostakovich's work, and there are some wonderful moments (the end of the 15th Symphony is, of course, magical). In addition, the booklet contains very informative and detailed programme notes which place the music in its context and allow some insight into Shostakovich's creative processes, explaining some of the many symbolic references and patterns he placed in his music.