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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905'

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905'

5 Apr 2005

£6.29 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2002
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: 2002 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:12:25
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  • ASIN: B001HKC2GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,202 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
I came to this recording shortly after listening to Rostropovich's earlier version of the work with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington (on Teldec). The differences are not as great as I would have expected; this is very much heart on sleeve Shostakovitch, and both discs give us performances played for all it's worth. The Teldec has a more spacious recording, but the LSO Live taping is technically their best so far (they record live in the Barbican Hall, London-not a very sympathetic acoustic). In the last movement, though, I think the London players have the edge in sheer,well,-power! And on the last chord, as before, Rostropovich lets the bells play on, an effect some critics don't like but I think adds to the fevered atmosphere.
An incredible bargain. (Try getting a seat for that price)!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on 13 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first experienced this work many years ago, when Capitol Records (now part of EMI) released an LP set by Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony Orchestra (still a favorite of mine, and presently available in well-mastered CD form from EMI). In subsequent years, I added performances by Bernard Haitink, Rudolf Barshai, and Rostropovich himself, when he had been the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. But it took only one hearing of this new "LSO Live" performance, with Rostropovich conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, for it to go to the top of this rather small pile of Shostakovich 11th Symphony recordings.
Shostakovich's 11th Symphony is a rather long, and very brooding, work. Ostensibly written to commemorate the 1905 Russian Revolution, its date of writing also suggests that it might contain one of his frequent "hidden messages," this one as a personal response to the Hungarian uprising and subsequent Soviet invasion of 1956. But perhaps it's best to ignore this highly-specific subtext, and simply accept the work as a more universal "commemoration to the victims of oppression everywhere."
Some Shostakovich symphonies (certainly the 1st, 5th, 8th and 10th, and perhaps the 6th and 9th) are heard in the concert hall much more frequently than this work, or for that matter, his other "war" symphony, the 7th ("Leningrad") Symphony. It follows – largely, anyway – that this work is not nearly as frequently recorded.
But, unless you are one who needs multiple versions of everything, this Rostropovich/LSO recording is likely to be the only one you'll ever need. Recorded live, it is, in a word, stunning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Hazell on 27 July 2011
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If you know a few symphonies of Shostakovich then you'll be aware that in the main they are not lightweight affairs: far from it in terms of orchestral forces, tonal landscaping, depth of expressiveness - everything.

This is one of the less frequently performed of his symphonic works, so you may be approaching it, as I did, with no preconceptions about how it should be played. This is good: the absence of a prior benchmark recording allows the listener to just enjoy the performance - if enjoy is the right word to use in the context of this bleak and brooding emotive megalith.

The performance and the recording are most exemplary. I would just say that this is a work that demands your attention, your respect, and your patience. It is not comfortable listening. You will probably, like me, listen to one movement at a time because it is a lot to take in, but you cannot really have any other breaks.

There is a potential problem with auditioning this CD: firstly you must have a very quiet room, because there is a lot of very, very quiet music with a wonderful, subtle, ingenious soundscape. The distraction of a ticking clock, the scratching of a dog, the buzzing of a fly - they will all be too much to bear!

And there are other sections where the whole force of the LSO is unleashed into your listening room, and THAT is too much to bear, too. Herein lies the problem. Unless you are in a position to listen to it at something like concert-hall volume, you will miss out on the detail in the quiet passages. So this recording may not be the best one for you in the context of your equipment and surroundings, unless you are prepared to keep adjusting the amplifier volume.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ste_c" on 2 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Shostakovich I have ever bought, and on the strentgh of this CD I will definitely be buying more. This is also the first LSO Live CD I have bought, and it truly is a fantastic bargain.
The performance vividly brings to life the bleak nature of the work and on the whole is a perfectly judged reading which never breaks the spell created by the darkly subtle opening. The musicians shine through the average sound quality and the CD partly recreate what must have an incredible live experience, ( what CD has ever come close to the thrill of being in the same room as a full orchestra?).
Fantastic...I would have happily paid a few pounds more.
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By "ste_c" on 2 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Shostakovich I have ever bought, and on the strentgh of this CD I will definitely be buying more. This is also the first LSO Live CD I have bought, and it truly is a fantastic bargain.
The performance vividly brings to life the bleak nature of the work and on the whole is a perfectly judged reading which never breaks the spell created by the darkly subtle opening. The musicians shine through the average sound quality and the CD partly recreates what must have an incredible live experience, ( what CD has ever come close to the thrill of being in the same room as a full orchestra?).
Fantastic...I would have happily paid a few pounds more.
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