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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 6 Aug 2007
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P. FELTHAM "real guru" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" (Audio CD)
Forget any other recordings of this famous work by Shostakovich - invest in this one, you will NOT be disappointed.

From the start, Jaarvi's interpretation is magnificent, and delicate in the quiet passages. You DEFINITELY know when the extra brass players enter during the repeated march in the first movement, in fact, over all four movements, Jaarvi does not put a foot wrong.

This is - in one word - outstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Versions of the Leningrad Symphony., 29 Mar 2011
This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" (Audio CD)
I'm in total agreement with the other reviewer that this recording by Neeme Jarvi and the Scottish National Orchestra is outstanding. In fact it must be one of the finest versions of Shostakovich's powerful 7th Symphony [The Leningrad]. In the booklet that accompanies this cd there is a very interesting photograph. It shows Neeme Jarvi and his son Paavo [now a conductor] and the great composer himself Dmitri Shostakovich. Not only did Neeme Jarvi know Shostakovich he knew fine well how to perfectly interpret his Symphonies. Plus, this very recording of the Leningrad Symphony is dedicated to another great Shostakovich interpreter Mravinsky. When Neeme Jarvi was music director of the SNO in the 1980s they recorded most of the Shostakovich Symphonies for Chandos. Along with the 10th and 8th, the 7th symphony is among the best they did. The power and strength of the SNO's playing is amazing and the Chandos sound engineers are the icing on the cake. I have also had the good fortune to see Neeme Jarvi and the RSNO perform the Leningrad Symphony live in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It was one of the greatest concerts I have been too and another reason I recommend this great recording. Please consider it.
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