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  • Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00005RC80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Shostakovich : Symphony No.7 in C major Op.60, 'Leningrad' : I Allegretto"
2. "Shostakovich : Symphony No.7 in C major Op.60, 'Leningrad' : II Moderato - poco allegretto"
3. "Shostakovich : Symphony No.7 in C major Op.60, 'Leningrad' : III Adagio"
4. "Shostakovich : Symphony No.7 in C major Op.60, 'Leningrad' : IV Allegro non troppo"

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Hazell on 1 Mar. 2011
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Like all masterpieces, the 7th Symphony of Shostakovich can be related to on many levels, from the superficial to the soul-stirring. Each time I hear this wonderful piece I can feel my deeper involvement with it; this is heart music as well as blood-and-guts theatre.

I am tempted to opine that the performance itself doesn't really matter as much as the connection the listener makes with the music, but inevitably the one influences the other. This performance engages me from the opening to the dying echo of the mighty fortissimo.

This version has the advantage of being conducted by a cellist of international acclaim (Mstislav Rostropovich), and it seems to me that as a cellist, and a Russian cellist at that, he must have a feel for the soaring heights and profound depths of the score to an extent that others might not. He certainly steers the National Symphony Orchestra through many ups and downs with consummate skill that belies the complexity of the score and the broad compass of the work.

The Teldec recording of 1991 from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC is digital throughout, and is one of very considerable tonal and dynamic range - be wary of turning up the volume during the quietest passages, as you won't want your speaker cones to detach themselves during the loud ones!

Within the overall experience there are some gems of realism: the contra-bassoonist drawing breath between two long and prominent sections in the 3rd movement, likewise later the flautist. The final movement whispers, sings, bellows and thunders by turns, and the rasp of the trombones puts you right there in the front seat (or row 10 if you prefer).

But with Shostakovich's symphonies, just about every player is allowed to have their place in the sun at some point, and whether playing solo or in ensemble, they shine, as does every orchestral section. I defy you not to leap to your feet and applaud this magnificent performance!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 6 Dec. 2012
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I was reading 'The Conductot' bySarah Quigley, a book my wife downloaded from Amazon on her Kindle, which she loves!

The book concerned the lives of musicians living in Leningrad which was under attack by the German Army.It portrayed the deprivations and suffering imposed on the families and friends of these musicians by the war.Dmitry Shostakovich was one of the venerated musicians who was actually composing the " Leningrad Symphony" as rhe story unfolds. Not sure if the book was historically correct but I enjoyed the music and the book more as result of exposure to them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
From Leningrad To Washington 12 Dec. 2004
By Erik North - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, named "Leningrad" in honor of the city where the composer was holed up in 1941 during the Nazi invasion of Russia while composing the work, is almost certainly the longest and largest symphony ever created by a Russian composer to occupy a spot in the orchestral repertoire. In its 72-minute running time, it is a great affirmation of the Russian people and their triumph over the forces of Hitler's evil, minus the propaganda and threats that the composer often had to contend with at the hands of Stalin.

Of all the many recordings that this work has received, this one made by the legendary cellist-turned-conductor Mstislav Rostropovich is about as incisive as any. Rostropovich knew the composer very well, and it is that experience that he brings to this recording with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., whose music director he was from 1977 to 1995. Often considered "The Nation's Orchestra" because of its locale, the N.S.O. has often been overshadowed by its far more illustrious neighbors to the north in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Under Rostropovich's precise direction, however, the orchestra makes the "Leningrad" shine in all its power, fury, terror, and triumph. Hugely recommended for 20th century classical fans in general, and 20th century Russian music in particular.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
a spectacular value 26 Oct. 2004
By cmk3001 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a spectacular performance. Rostropovich knew and worked with the composer, and this, part of his complete cycle, shows his complete understanding of Shostakovich's idiom. The National symphony is magnificent throughout, particular kudos to the brass. I still slightly favor Bernstein on DG, but his is on 2 full price discs. If you've never heard the piece before, I highly recommend this disc as an introduction. It's a spectacular value, and a performance of the highest integrity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 31 Mar. 2008
By David Saemann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This symphony is very tricky to bring off. I have excellently played versions by Jansons and Toscanini (the U.S. premiere) that, despite a very conscientious approach by the conductors, just fail to gell. Rostropovich is quite different. He has no trouble characterizing the different sections of the work through tempo and orchestral balances. It's an edge of your seat reading, with totally committed playing by the orchestra. The climax of the last movement lifts you out of your seat in a way that more literal performances never do. It's not that Rostropovich does anything eccentric; he simply has a suprior sense of how the music goes and where to press forward and where to relax. The only other performance I've heard that's in this league is the 78 rpm recording by William Steinberg and the Buffalo Philharmonic, a treausurable account despite the dated sound. Rostropovich, though, probably offers the best introduction to this symphony.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Comment 5 Jan. 2007
By Babu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Was surprised how much I liked it. The first movement reminds me of Ravel's "Bolero", but the theme does reappear all the way through. I'm surprised it is not thought of as opne of Shostakovich's top ones.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great music, good performance, awful recording. 4 Jun. 2007
By Daniel Guerra - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this recording after listening to a live performance broadcast from the UNAM Philarmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM). I was moved by the powerful music and determined to get myself a copy of this symphony.

To my regret, I decided to buy this CD. As I mentioned earlier, the music is great and the performance is very good. Unfortunately, it is a very unbalanced recording volume-wise. You have to constantly juggle the volume to listen to some extremely low-volume parts being played and then immediately lower it to avoid deafness on the loud parts.

Seriously, I had to turn the volume up to 100% to listen to some parts, then lower it at least to 50% on other parts. Very annoying. It ruins what should be an excellent listening experience.

If you like this powerful symphony -and there are multiple reasons to enjoy it-, I recommend you get yourself another recording.

This is a cheap CD and -unfortunately- it shows.
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