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Shostakovich : Symphony No.5
 
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Shostakovich : Symphony No.5

Mstislav Rostropovich & National Symphony Orchestra
3 April 2006 | Format: MP3

£2.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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14:54
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5:31
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12:54
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12:06
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 1995 Teldec Classics International GMBH
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  • Total Length: 45:25
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  • ASIN: B001LD2ZRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,988 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John HOLLAS on 6 Feb. 2013
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Rostropovich's conducting was never very predictable, sometimes successful, sometimes not. Here is a reliable, but not outstanding, performance which well recorded.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al the book monster on 6 May 2012
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I bought this as it was as cheap as chips on mp3 and I like Shostakovich. May be better recordings but to my ears this is good enough to get full recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great recording; noble interpretation 25 Feb. 2004
By Adam Bigham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Given that Rostropovich is rightly accounted among the leading interpreters of Shostakovich's symphonies, this June 1994 recording is easily recommended alongside other great digital recordings, such as Neeme Jarvi with the Scottish National Orchestra on Chandos records. Penguin Guide gave their Rosette (highest rating) to Alexander Rahbari on Naxos records, but I prefer the intensity of sound the National Symphony delivers on this recording, (although the Rahbari is worth getting for the marvelous rendition of the Symphony no. 9.) The time of this CD is nearly 46 minutes, which would allow space for another work (which both the two other recordings mentioned take advantage of,) but as it really suits this symphony to be heard alone anyway, it is convenient as a lone work on CD.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 3 Jan. 2003
By T.O. Double-Dizzle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This performance is absolutely breathtaking. I've listened to this disc at least 30 times over the past year alone, and it still gives me chills.
I can't speak for some of the other highly regarded recordings of this symphony, but the so-called "essential" performance by Bernstein/NY pales in comparison to this reading.
Very highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb 2 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is simply a sumpremely well executed, engineered, and interpreted recording. I am not a record collector, but am familiar with recorded performances by Mravinskij and Bernstein that are endlessly lauded as superlative. To me, they both pale in comparison to Rostropovich's take on the work. Here you have the National Symphony Orchestra playing its very impressive best for a conductor who delivers a finely textured, deeply felt, exquisitely sensitive and powerful performance, captured with Telarc's characteristically polished engineering. This recording would be a bargin at double it's current price.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A magnificent, powerful, and inspirational performance! 15 July 2006
By dh8362 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
*** Having personally studied the music of Shostakovich and listened to his music for over 2 decades now, I have carefully listened to this particular recording by the maestro Rostropovich, who was one of the closest friends of the composer, with no bias, over and over again, and every time, I get deeply touched by the sheer beauty, inner power and depth of this extraordinary, life-changing interpretation.

All I can say now, is that, out of the most respect for R. Hutchinson "autonomeus, only his comment and review are very weak and disjointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superb 2 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is simply a sumpremely well executed, engineered, and interpreted recording. I am not a record collector, but am familiar with recorded performances by Mravinskij and Bernstein that are endlessly lauded as superlative. To me, they both pale in comparison to Rostropovich's take on the work. Here you have the National Symphony Orchestra playing its very impressive best for a conductor who delivers a finely textured, deeply felt, exquisitely sensitive and powerful performance, captured with Telarc's characteristically polished engineering. This recording would be a bargin at double it's current price.
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