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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'

9 Mar 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 9 Mar 2004
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:15:18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,599 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul1947 on 1 Mar 2013
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A soviet masterpiece given a masterful Russian performance. No more to say except buy it, listen and imagine the siege of Leningrad.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 5 April 2009
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This is a spectacular symphony, written in 1942 as Shostakovich was himself besieged by the Waffen SS onslaught. Consider for a moment that the outcome of the War was far from certain and that the Wolf was literally at the Great Bear's throat. The composer himself must have had no illusions that Death might come at any time. That it didn't and we have the legacy of this work as a result are reasons to be cheerful, and yet the listener must be aware that Shostakvich had no such reasons at the time of composition.
Anyway, the music itself is a big, sprawling work that is performed with aplomb, and recorded in superb audio quality.
Play it LOUD as it demands; the huge martial themes, heavy percussion and all round power will wake the dead. I tend to go for the heavier works in the Classical vein, and while this is by no means the equivalent of Mars (Holst), there is enough fury vented here to sate my appetite. There are also of course plenty of "calm before the storm" moments as well!

It works isolated or as a companion piece to the similiarly militaristic Symphony 8 by Shostakovich (I don't think 8 is quite as heavy though).

As with Naxos, the liner notes are there to provide info particularly on the man's wartime experience of creating the symphony itself.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John HOLLAS on 6 Feb 2013
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Yablonsky has made quite few records for Naxos and has always turned in reliable performances. I was particularly lucky to find a Naxos SACD recording of his of the complete Swan Lake. (Yes, Naxos did produce some SACDs in the early days of that format, but soon ceased.) The performance, here, is good and the sound quality, while not top drawer, very acceptable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Gets the point ACROSS 11 Mar 2010
By Six Stringer - Published on Amazon.com
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The reviewer above does a very nice job of breaking down the micro details of this perfomance's "faults" (although, that is up to the reader to determine if they detract from their listening experience.)

I find this to be a very human performance of the Seventh. The tragedy is conveyed very very well. The orchestra's ability to express the jovialness of the "Bolero" like theme in the first movement, only to turn sour and downright menancing is fantastically done. I find the overexhuberant tuba to be the right medicine here.

Perhaps more than any other composer this side of Mahler, Shostakovich was able to convey intense emotion through his music, and it is present in this recording in spades.

How about the clarinet wailing in the second movement? Fantastic. One can almost see the poor mensch being taken away by the Stalinist authorities, "rehabilitated", and returned. When the clarinet reenters it seems to say, I've drank the cool-aide and feel much better now. Yes, quite.

That clarinet part is perhaps my favorite in all of music save the sultry intro to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".

Is this a top notch recording? A first recommendation? For some perhaps. The recording is very clear and up to standards of the best. The playing is committed, and the mood is set. Perhaps it is not the most perfect performance, but the demands of the score are high. There is no hesitation here to give it five
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Shostakovich 7: Leningrad Op 60 27 May 2004
By Laird Bibler - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb. Simply superb. I have the Haitinik and Barshia versions of Shostakovich's 7th, and both are wonderful. This recording is beyond wonderful. It's splendid. It's magnificient. Add it to your Shostakovich collection. You'll never regret it.
Closest modern version to composer's soul 21 Oct 2012
By Mark Wolk - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always thought of the 50-year old Kyrill Kondrashin recordings of Shostakovich symphonies as best conveying the composer's soul. Modern recordings all seem too add lyricism and smooth edges to that music, which only asks to be played without any embelishments in order to release its emotion.

Well, here is finally one modern recording that does just that. At last, a modern recording, with modern sound engineering - no adjustments or tuning needed on my audio to obtain a very authentic sound quality.

And an increasingly rare luxury: this is actually a studio recording - not one with a live audience that claps, coughs and drops various objects on the floor.

Last but not least: let's not forget that this is a budget-priced CD.

There is some confusion in the first movement. That is the only possible improvement IMHO. All in all, I think that Shostakovich may have found a new, very promising interpreter in the person of Dmitry Yablonsky.
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Let down by too many errors so FAR from the Seventh of Choice! 7 Sep 2005
By Dr Allan Steel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is VERY FAR from the "Seventh of Choice".

I have about 10 recordings of Shostakovich 7 and love the piece. It is huge and has so many powerful bits. Bernstein (DG) and Haitink (Decca) probably are amongst the best versions for this.

I've read positive reviews of this, but why don't any of them point out how many bad errors there are in this recording?

This is a huge piece and requires a top-notch orchestra. Sadly the orchestra here is not quite up to it in several places. The recording is interesting because it brings out some things not heard in other recordings. For example, the timpani are quite clear and so some curious things are heard for the 1st time.

So there are some good bits, but the general quality of playing is well below acceptable to be a great recording.

I list some of the things below I noted. Those who praise this recording should check out some of the really bad bits I mention. The woodwind at 5:40 in the last movement is absolutely awful -- why couldn't they edit this with a redo?? -- it really is terrible for a studio recording.

So not recommended: great in a few places, but disappointing too often with poor performance. Naxos has done some great recordings with the Russian PO, but this one falls short, sadly.


Trumpets obscured at the very beginning!

10:58: first viol entry strange kind of muffled?

11:39: tuba really stands out almost like a solo (stuck on doh te, doh, te, ...)!

12:56: timpani entry motto stays clear -- curious to hear "solo" tuba staying audible even when orch grows.

14:06 closing motto: timpani sound a bit out of tune.

14:14 GOOD: Walking timpani really comes out unlike any other recording. Violins, xylophone, and other high parts have same part as timpani, so quite curious.

14:51 the big shift to the "Klemzer" tune: trumpets a bit weak and distant when they should be absolutely blasting.

15:25: the frantic xylophone & piccolo do not come out: pity.

15:40: when bass gets the frantic triplets: bass clear, so good.

16:20: beating timpani nice and curious but cymbal & gong crashes cut off too quickly.

17:09: BAD: trumpets sound a bit off in climax.

17:27: solo tuba curious again (timing a bit off).

18:05: side drum attack curious.

22:04: BAD: horn entry does not match bassoon!

22:15: wonderful string reentry done without errors (phew!) but a bit rushed.

2nd movement

flutes nice and clear in last section.

3rd movment

8:40: bouncy solo tuba comes through again curiously in middle dramatic section and muted trumpets sufficiently loud in this section!

11:31: BAD: clarinets off in tender section with strings (ouch)!!!

13:28: BAD: harp is painfully off in sweet repetition of flute by violas.

4th movment

4:17: tuba is nice and clear again in nasty tuba section (like like the Bernstein recording).

5:40: climax of main tune of last mvmt: timpani clear and good (rather like climax of 2nd mvmt of Sym 11), but woodwind WOEFUL!!!

5:43 and 5:49: AWFUL: clarinets are totally out of tune -- why didn't they redo this??? Right as this cacophony is happening, I do like the 1st violins coming out clearly with the same pattern as the timpani.

15:11 BAD: woodwind off.

17:15 onwards: timpani then trumpets and trombones very clear so good.

18:04: BAD: huge horn entry not done cleanly.

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