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Shostakovich : Symphonies Nos 5 & 6

Shostakovich : Symphonies Nos 5 & 6

1 May 2006

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  • Original Release Date: 1 May 2006
  • Release Date: 1 May 2006
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK
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  • Total Length: 1:17:24
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  • ASIN: B001LH01FK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,446 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ness1 on 24 Sep 2009
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It's always nice to hear the Russian orchestras with Russian conductors giving a no holds barred performance of Russian works. My only real quibbles with this recording is that it is live so you pick up all the minor intonation and ensemble problems that haven't been artfully dubbed out in the studio after 25 takes and that the balance between the strings and the winds and brass is, (some may prefer), decidedly in the strings favour. Not a bad recording but by no means the best available. If you can get it cheap it would be a good introduction to these two excellent symphonies.

For Shostakovich symphonies overall, however, I would still tend to reccommend the Scottish National Orchestra with Neeme Jarvi.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
My new favorite 15 Jun 2008
By John F. Baker - Published on
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I now own six versions of the Shostakovich 5th symphony, including Gergiev, Rostropovich with the NSO, Solti with the Vienna, Bernstein live with the NYP, and Haitink with the Royal Concertgebouw (in ascending order of preference). I now have a new favorite in this Temirkanov recording with the St. Petersburg Phil. Not just its novelty recommends this recording, but the superbly good playing (despite being a live recording!) and certain interpretive choices by the conductor. Two of these choices stand out: 1) the slight pause that occurs about 13 minutes into the first movement - utterly transforming!; and 2) the pacing of the finale, which struck me as laborious on the first hearing but monumentally satisfying on the second. This is a Russian reading! with a depth of tragic feeling often left unexplored in the West. The explosive audience response at the end speaks considerably to the heart. Despite the merits of this 5th, the seldom heard 6th symphony was the reason I purchased this disc. My collection of Shostakovich symphonies is at last complete, and, my gosh, what a capstone! Though I have not heard much about the 6th, I must say I find it deeply moving - far more profound than the 2nd or 3rd, and easily the equal of the 10th. I am frankly surprised it is not recorded more often.

The sound on this disc is quite good. The big horns sound resonant and profound and there is a good mix of ambience and presence not always achieved on live recordings. Highly recomended.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Interpretaions of Two Shostakovich symphonies 12 Mar 2011
By Raymond Gustavson, author of A Thirst for War - Published on
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If you like the Russian composers as I do, you will definitely like these two recordings of Shostakovich's 5th and 6th symphonies.

Prior to ordering this CD, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading reviews here on and elsewhere, trying to determine which recordings in particular would give me the enjoyment I was looking for. Some people recommended recordings by friends of the composer; others had their favorite orchestras. I kind of split the difference between favorites and old, choosing this recording done by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic as I wanted a distinctly Russian interpretation of a Russian composer. I was not disappointed.

Highly recommend!
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