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5.0 out of 5 stars This is arguably the most searing vision of this work currently available, 5 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (Audio CD)
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. The strings have not the sheer weight of tone of the RLPO in the recent Petrenko version but the slightly wiry nature of their sound suits the searing vision of Jarvi very well and the ears soon get used to them.

There are now 5 versions of this work in my collection and each has its individual vision. Jansons' is the most rounded but with weight, Gergiev the weightiest with nervy edge, Petrenko the slowest and broadest but with lots of bite, Barshai the most direct but not the quickest and now Jarvi providing the quickest and most searing. (His last movement is a full 4 minutes quicker than Petrenko, the slowest, for example).

This disc therefore joins the elite of recordings of the fourth symphony.

I would therefore suggest that, even in a more competitive choice market as it now is, this earlier version still has lots to say and says it very well. Well worth serious consideration as a purchase therefore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Blood Pressure, 22 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (Audio CD)
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In support of the favourable reviews, 28 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (Audio CD)
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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