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on 31 August 2009
This is a welcome 12 disc reissue of the Erato recordings by late Mravinsky, including the memorable live performances and stereo recordings. I don't agree with some of his interpretations here, but many of these performances are utterly gripping and incandescent, reflecting Mravinsky's uncompromising quest for ever deeper musicality and emotional/spiritual experiences.

The Mravinsky Edition

CD1, 2, 3 Shostakovich

Symphony No.5 in D minor Op. 47

Symphony No.10 in E minor Op. 93

Symphony No.12 in D minor Op. 112 "1917"

CD4 & 5 Tchaikovsky

Symphony No.5 Op. 64 in E minor

Symphony No.6 in B minor Op. 74

CD6

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Op. 32

Mussorgsky: Dawn over the Moscow River

Glinka: Russlan & Ludmilla - Overture to Act 1

Glazunov: Raymonda Suite

CD7 Mozart

Symphony No. 33 KV 319 in B flat major

Symphony No. 39 KV 543 in E flat major

CD8, 9, 10 Beethoven

Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 in E flat major

Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68

CD11 Wagner

Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's funeral march

Tristan und Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod

Die Walküre - The ride of the Valkyries

Tannhäuser - Ouverture

Lohengrin - Preludes to Acts I & II

CD12

Tannhäuser - Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude

Evgeny Mravinsky tells stories about nature and talks about his life

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Erato 2564698905 12cds
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on 3 July 2011
It is best to have a historical interest in Mravinsky's recordings to really appreciate these recordings. Most are in mono (not specified for each disc), but what I find annoying and distracting is the almost constant coughing and other noises from the public. The Shostakovith 10th is particularly bad in this respect because there are many quiet passages.

Although some of the performances are exceptional, unfortunately I find the disturbances cause a mental irritation which prevents me from appreciating them. Perhaps the less irritable may not be so affected, but you have been warned!
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on 16 August 2009
Anyone interested in Russian music HAS to own this set of CD's! Mravinsky reigned supreme in this repertore and his versions often remain the benchmark recordings.
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