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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Shostakovich CD, 11 Jan 2006
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Philoctetes (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (Audio CD)
I had a fondness for Haitink's recording of the Sixth, but this is altogether more stimulating and wilder in the fast movements. Shostakovich is more his own person here with the SNO; you sense he is being reconfigured as a modernist Mahler by the Concertgebouw in what is a smooth and sonically spectacular Decca disc. Chandos though provide an almost panoramic and airy acoustic with a more upfront and less homogeneous orchestral sound and this is one in an entirely excellent series of symphonies recorded for the company by Jarvi in the 1980s. The First Symphony is also given an intense and weighty rendition that defeats my previous comparison, Ormandy (Sony), in every way except smoothness. A motoring analogy might be this all terrain vehicle as opposed to smoother but safer rides in a luxury sports car. Shostakovich must be taken closer to the wilderness. Enough blather, click now to order.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glowing, 23 Feb 2013
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (Audio CD)
Embarking upon Shostakovich`s symphonic odyssey is an exhilarating commitment. Along the way you`ll discover music to drag tears from your eyes, to pull you from your chair in exultation, and sometimes make you angry or frustrated too. There are occasional passages of vulgarity or bathos, as well as tub-thumping patriotism which can either entral or irritate, depending on your mood.
These two glowing symphonies are paired well. The first was composed in 1925 when Shostakovich was nineteen, and premiered in 1926. It is a predominantly joyous, optimistic work - not entirely unlike Mahler`s sparkling First - but with enough idiosyncrasies and characteristic diversions to constitute a fine, often breathtaking debut - for example the unexpected, peremptory piano chords at the end of the brief second movement Allegro. Or what about the final Allegro molto movement, an enigmatic portent of things to come - though you have to wait till the 4th for the next indisputably great symphony.
The third - Lento - movement is as lovely a slow movement as this most lovable of composers ever came up with, nothing like as tortured as some of his later intense adagios. Jarvi Snr is a safe pair of hands in this repertoire (and in much else) and the SNO give him all they`ve got.
I`ve come to love this first symphony, as much as any of his others, and more than not a few of them.
The wonderful, cathartic sixth symphony - coming after the absurd Stalin-led controversies leading to the composer`s against-all-odds great and pivotal 5th - begins with a 17-minute Largo, a glorious outpouring of melody and emotion. The two faster movements which follow are no anti-climax, but rather a protracted climax to this endlessly fine work.
This is a virtually flawless disc in every way - a great way to start any journey through the fifteen increasingly rarefied symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the most unignorable, most intrinsically twentieth-century composers.
Greatly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jarvi's first Shostakovich disc and still an enthralling experience, 30 Aug 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (Audio CD)
This disc, recorded in 1984 and 1985, was one of the very first discs recorded by Jarvi with the Scottish orchestra. The partnership continued for many years and delivered memorable sets of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Richard Strauss in addition to many more individual discs such as Scheherazade. All of those discs were notable for a tremendous sense of spontaneity, rare in such quantities within a studio environment, as well as excitingly vivid recording quality from Chandos.

This early disc has all the spontaneity of the succeeding discs with a refreshingly enthusiastic response from the orchestra. This is music making which reflects the excitement of a new venture with great potential for development and that communicates vividly even over 25 years later. The sumptuousness of orchestral tone later achieved is not there yet on this recording with the strings sounding slightly under-nourished compared to later recordings. This is probably a combination of recording skills, yet to be honed, as well as orchestral personnel being not quite up to later levels. This is not a question of wrong notes or shaky tuning rather than sheer weight of tonal resources. It is possible that simply more strings were added to the size of the orchestra in later years for example.

The performances themselves carry tremendous conviction though and, despite the minor reservations as described above, the musical values of both performances leave many of the competing discs far behind in all the matters of 'live' sounding musical creation. This is still a notable achievement by all concerned and continues to give considerable musical satisfaction.

I would suggest that this discs therefore continues to deserve serious consideration as a viable choice in this repertoire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Proms Special 2013, 28 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (Audio CD)
I listened to No 6 on the radio proms and then decided to purchase a disc.
No 1 is good too.
I am happy.
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