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4.0 out of 5 stars A document of importance
This is a reissue of a performance that originally appeared on Russian Disc in 1993. It is a recording of a broadcast of the first Leningrad performance of Symphony No. 11 that had been premiered just three days earlier in Moscow by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Nathan Rakhlin. Commentators have revealed that Mravinsky spent a whole month rigorously rehearsing the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a classic but ..
This is a classic performance and has all the Mravinsky hallmarks - intensity and excitement, well-proportioned - and is a performance I greatly enjoy. It is also very cheap. But it is not, I think, a good first choice in this symphony. This is partly because the sound is not very attractive. It is restricted and rather sour and harsh. You get used to it but there are...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a classic but .., 25 May 2012
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This is a classic performance and has all the Mravinsky hallmarks - intensity and excitement, well-proportioned - and is a performance I greatly enjoy. It is also very cheap. But it is not, I think, a good first choice in this symphony. This is partly because the sound is not very attractive. It is restricted and rather sour and harsh. You get used to it but there are other excellent performances out there in much better sound. Kondrashin is one example (only available as a set and that not as easily available as it was - but very worthwhile) but there are others .... Caetani (excellent sound, not as histrionic and wild but powerful), Rostropovich (expansive) and, perhaps, Petrenko - all live performances. The Mravinsky is worthwhile but not as your only version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A document of importance, 22 Jun 2013
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Dr. Rodney S. Newton (East Barnet, Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
This is a reissue of a performance that originally appeared on Russian Disc in 1993. It is a recording of a broadcast of the first Leningrad performance of Symphony No. 11 that had been premiered just three days earlier in Moscow by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Nathan Rakhlin. Commentators have revealed that Mravinsky spent a whole month rigorously rehearsing the piece and that Shostakovich is said to have remarked that it was 'the work's real first performance'.
The mono sound is muddy and restricted to say the least, but acceptable in the light of the importance of this document. The performance is electric (the musicians sound terrified at times, especially the cor anglais soloist, whose nervousness is betrayed by a fast vibrato). The final denoument is crowned by the clangour of real church bells (something observed by Semyon Bychkov in a Proms performance a few years ago) and the audience remains in stunned silence for a few moments before breaking into applause at the end. This is real 'horse's mouth' stuff and a model for all other interpreters. Obviously, any collector would need a modern recording of this powerful work (and there are plenty to choose from) but this remains a fascinating, important and outstanding reading of one of Shostakovich's most personal and frightening utterances.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable classic performance in good sound, 9 May 2012
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This is a quite magnificent performance. No western recording can match Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic at the peak of their powers in this terrifying symphony. Very similar transfer to that available on Russian Disc for a short time. Not for the faint-hearted. Well done Regis !
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 7 Nov 2013
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Thought this would be good, but I don't like it - not one of my favourite symphonies anyway - -
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