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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 / Suite From Katerina Ismailova (Excerpts) / Festive Overture
 
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 / Suite From Katerina Ismailova (Excerpts) / Festive Overture

1 Mar 1988 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 1988
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 Chandos
  • Total Length: 51:40
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  • ASIN: B001MVAGSW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,449 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By And/Burro on 23 April 2011
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Shostakovich's 9th Symphony is very much underrated. In fact, most record companies when trying to market his 9th Symphony, usually combine it with other more well-known Shostakovich Symphonies like the 5th, or other shorter pieces, like Chandos have done here, with Shostakovich's powerful Festive Overture, the Suite from Katerina Ismailova and his catchy arrangement of Tea for Two. But at least Chandos have featured the 9th Synphony as the main work on this cd, and rightly so, because I think this is a fine Symphony from Shostakovich, recorded here very well by Neeme Jarvi and the Scottish National Orchestra. Of course the 9th Symphony is not like his epic Symphonies like the 7th or 8th and it's certainly a lot shorter in length at 25:10 min.

In the opening Allegro I have always liked the solo trombone part that occures prominently through the first movement accompanied just by light strings and woodwinds.

The Moderato is another high point with the SNO strings shaping the movement in a very sensuous style.

The shortest movement, which is the Presto, leads to a very dramatic trombone and tuba fanfare leading to solo Bassoon and light string backing.

Finally the Allegretto which is the longest movement at 6:55 min starts with strings but builds to a impressive climax with full brass that ends in a abrupt manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2012
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This recording from 1987 provides sparkling accounts of all four works.

The symphony is the most important work here but its lighter nature got the composer into lots of potentially dangerous trouble as it failed to live up to the authority's expectation of a major work of comparable weight as those other 9ths by Beethoven and Dvorak to name but two. It is, in fact, a totally enjoyable work with plenty to say for itself and rather more than some of the more overtly political works such as symphonies 7 and 12 for instance. In this case the symphony gets a terrific performance which is typical of the high standards achieved interpretively and technically by Jarvi and his Scottish orchestra at that time. It is certainly far preferable to that of the same symphony conducted by Jarvi at Lucerne (not with the Festival Orchestra) and now available on a rather mixed quality Blu-ray / DVD.

The Festive Overture is a scintillating show-piece for orchestra and emminently suitable for starting off celebratory concerts. Indeed it already figures in that way on two Blu-ray/DVD concerts now available. This is their equal.

The Tea for Two is an occasional piece of light froth to suggest an analogy which was written in humorous haste by Shostakovich. The Suite from his Lady Macbeth opera is a curious mixture of aggressive and high spirits. Both aspects are well delivered here.

The whole disc is very well played and recorded and the interpretations are among the very best available. If the program appeals this will be well-worth collecting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Total Sleeper 4 Jun 2006
By R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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What could DS do after 8, but turn in the opposite direction and do something like and whimsical? This is perfect music for Jarvi, whose renditions of Prokofiev's whimsy laced with melancholy are great. The extras on this disc, including the arrangement of Tea for One, are an essential part of the picture that is painted: not the typical Shostakovich one. This is seriously my second favorite of his symphonies behind 8.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Great DSCH 9th plus not so Shabby Filler 12 Dec 2010
By Dmitri - Published on Amazon.com
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The Shostakovich 9th has been placed somewhere on the shelf of history as a less than significant work simply because of it's size. It usually runs for about 25 minutes or so and three out of the five movements are scherzo or joke-like in nature.

Here Jarvi takes the 9th and makes it a true symphony. He treats the second movement as a slow movement and fourth movement Largo is just as compelling. The jokes are there, but a colder wind blows at times which makes you think that there is something else going on here. In any case my favorite single Shostakovich 9th. The only 9th I think that is better is with the USSR Ministry of Culture Orchestra with Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Katerina Ismailova is just another way of saying Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District. Thus the suite is the same material and what great filler it is to this heavyweight disguised as lightweight CD of Shostakovich.

Then there is the Festive Overture which is an over the top piece to begin with and the transcription of Vincent Youmans "Tea for Two."

What a great little pocket battleship of symphony complete with it's floatilla of complimentary pieces to sink the dullness of anyday and kickstart you brain!

Highly recommended!
great 19 April 2013
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I'm in an orchestra performing this. Wanted a good performance to listen to and study. Good quality recording. I reccomend it.
Sparkling performances in very good sound 21 Nov 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording from 1987 provides sparkling accounts of all four works.

The symphony is the most important work here but its lighter nature got the composer into lots of potentially dangerous trouble as it failed to live up to the authority's expectation of a major work of comparable weight as those other 9ths by Beethoven and Dvorak to name but two. It is, in fact, a totally enjoyable work with plenty to say for itself and rather more than some of the more overtly political works such as symphonies 7 and 12 for instance. In this case the symphony gets a terrific performance which is typical of the high standards achieved interpretively and technically by Jarvi and his Scottish orchestra at that time. It is certainly far preferable to that of the same symphony conducted by Jarvi at Lucerne (not with the Festival Orchestra) and now available on a rather mixed quality Blu-ray / DVD.

The Festive Overture is a scintillating show-piece for orchestra and emminently suitable for starting off celebratory concerts. Indeed it already figures in that way on two Blu-ray/DVD concerts now available. This is their equal.

The Tea for Two is an occasional piece of light froth to suggest an analogy which was written in humorous haste by Shostakovich. The Suite from his Lady Macbeth opera is a curious mixture of aggressive and high spirits. Both aspects are well delivered here.

The whole disc is very well played and recorded and the interpretations are among the very best available. If the program appeals this will be well-worth collecting.
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