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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

1 Aug 1989

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Aug 1989
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1989 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:01:17
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  • ASIN: B001MVSYDG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,965 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2013
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This disc, very well recorded in 1989, presents a very convincing reading of this often problematical symphony. At the time it was written this was undoubtedly the most searching of Shostakovich's symphonies to date. What it was searching for was the problem as it soon fell foul of the Soviet authorities and Shostakovich withdrew it during the rehearsal stage and, as is well known, followed this work with the very contrasted fifth which was described as in response to just criticism. Thereafter Shostakovich's musical output was a cat and mouse game between himself and the censors who had power of life and death over those whom they didn't like.

This is a long symphony in three movements that each contain many contrasted sections. It therefore needs long-term vision and a firm grip on these disparate constructional considerations if it is to meld into a satisfactory whole. If that is achieved the symphony is transformed from being a difficult work in danger of fragmentation into a powerful musical statement and one of his finest symphonies. One inevitably wonders what he would have written thereafter if the authorities had not been such an intervening pressure upon him.

Jarvi, in this reading, clearly shows that he is able to control all these elements and not lose sight of the long goal. This is one of his most impressive achievements in what has proved to be a generally impressive series. The other stand-out discs in the series are those of the symphonies 1/6, 5, 9 and 10. The playing of the orchestra could be reasonably described as inspired with biting brass and woodwind, incisive percussion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Dec 2012
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I've listened to them all and I'll keep two, this one and Kondrashin on Melodiya.

Jarvi gives us the finest performance ever recorded. The SNO tear into this music like demented Tasmanian Devils. The climax music which immediately follows the first movement fugue feels like one is having one's teeth ripped about with an angle grinder.

Jarvi takes us to Siberia and keeps us there.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Glen on 28 Feb 2014
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The other reviewers make the case well for this recording, especially the searing and tearing in comments regarding the performance. It is a compelling account, excellently recorded by Chandos.
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