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The Very Best of Shostakovich [CD]

Dmitri Shostakovich Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000EQHS2I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96Christopher Lyndon-Gee 6:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110: III. AllegrettoEder Quartet 4:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67: III. LargoStockholm Arts Trio 5:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107: I. AllegrettoAntoni Wit 6:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: No. 1 in C major: PreludeKonstantin Scherbakov 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: No. 1 in C major: FugueKonstantin Scherbakov 4:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: II. AllegrettoLadislav Slovak 5:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40: IV. AllegroDmitry Yablonsky 4:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: III. PolkaChristopher Lyndon-Gee 1:55£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73: IV. AdagioEder Quartet 5:29£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70: III. PrestoAlexander Rahbari 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 24 Preludes, Op. 34: No. 10 in C sharp minorKonstantin Scherbakov 2:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99: IV. BurlesqueAntoni Wit 5:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: VIII. RomanceTheodore Kuchar 5:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: II. AllegroLadislav Slovak 4:18£0.69  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2Dmitry Yablonsky 3:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35: II. LentoMichael Houstoun 8:31Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, "Leningrad": II. ModeratoLadislav Slovak11:23Album Only
Listen  4. 3 Fantastic Dances, Op. 5: No. 3. PolkaKonstantin Scherbakov 1:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113, "Babi-Yar": II. YumorLadislav Slovak 7:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Quintet, Op. 57: III. ScherzoBoris Berman 3:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: II. AllegroLadislav Slovak 4:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: II. AndanteChristopher Lyndon-Gee 6:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141: III. AllegrettoLadislav Slovak 4:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108: III. AllegroEder Quartet 5:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two), Op. 16Dmitry Yablonsky 4:10£0.69  Buy MP3 

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Shostakovich 24 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
This Naxos double CD is effectively a reworking of the original single CD release `The Best of Shostakovich', expanded to include more of the composer's music then attractively packaged with new artwork and a card slip-case cover showing an amusing caricature of the composer.

As with any `Best Of' compilation much of the composer's work will inevitably be omitted. Shostakovich wrote around 110 pieces during his lifetime and his 15 symphonies, which have steadily gained popularity during recent years, can only be represented here by including single movements of selected symphonies (the ones included, which amount to less than half of the composers total, are 1,5,7,9,10,13 & 15).

It should be noted too that there are several collections of the complete Shostakovich symphonies available as medium-cost box sets, although these can be a little heavy on the ear for some newcomers to the world of Shostakovich.

I think this double CD is a good introduction to Shostakovich's music, and although the 26 tracks can represent only a small part of the composers work, it does give a good cross-section of his musical style. There are several familiar pieces, such as the 'Jazz Suite' and the 'Gadfly Suite', which the listener may be surprised to learn were composed by Shostakovich.

The sleeve notes are helpful for those wanting a little more than these highlights, for they provide recommended further listening (all Naxos label CD's of course!). But for those who do not wish to delve any deeper and are content with these types of collections there are a number of other Naxos `Very Best Of' releases featuring other composers, which together can form the basis of a respectable and reasonably comprehensive classical music CD library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not all "difficult" 15 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
When I visit a new city with some sight-seeing options I like to take one of those guided bus trips around first to see what I want to revisit later. This collection has served a similar function. I had ignored Shostakovitch for many years, put off by his "difficult" reputation. And yes, quite a few of the pieces here didn't appeal, but a good number did. I'm going to have to get Symphonies 7 &10 now plus Piano Concerto No. 1. It was also interesting to hear the Waltz from the Jazz Suite. It's a theme that is used from time to time on "The Apprentice", which I thought was from "La Traviata".

Give it a go. If you like Stravinski and Rachmaninoff then I'm sure you'll find something you like here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VBOS 25 Sep 2013
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like some of the tracks and one very much but some of them are not the best - bit of a lottery when you dont know quite what you are going to get on a double CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich is wonderful 17 Dec 2012
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I really have only just 'discovered' Shostakovich's music and I was delighted to be able to buy an excellent compilation. I love this CD and would recommend highly. Delivery was fast and efficient also.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A mistake 23 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is very dour. Concentrates on his more "modernist" material and offers little pleasure for those hoping for some of his more lyrical work
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