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5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich 15 / Haitink - Mature Yet Fresh, 25 Aug 2012
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My first recording of this work was also under the baton of Bernard Haitink, which itself was excellent. Haitink has managed to make an excellent interpretation even better. Unusually for a conductor who seems to have been around forever, Bernard still brings something fresh to his work, rather than just exagerating the slow bits as so many of the post war greats did. Bernard Haitink sits alongside Sir Colin Davis as an interpreter with lots still to offer. As for Shostakovich, his symphonies are always a delight - even though I still struggle with 2, 3 & 13. The recording by the way is excellent and balanced, with all the nuances intact. Buy it without hesitation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich's symphonic swansong compelling rendered, 25 Nov 2013
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The Fifteenth is one of the trickier ones in the cano to bring off convincing, and not just the clicking, ticking percussion in the final bars which can go badly awry (as in Barshai's otherwise fine account in Cologne). Haitink's view of the work beefs up to be more than the sinfonietta some conductors relegate it as. Cracking sound in a vivid live performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good piece of music well played, 29 July 2013
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I can't really add to the headline. I had vouchers for mp3 downloads and chose this as with the vouchers it was a keen price for what I understood to be a good interpretation of the piece.
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