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5.0 out of 5 stars Only recently surpassed, 16 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (Audio CD)
For twenty-odd years, this was the best available recording of Shostakovich's bleak masterpiece. The playing of the Concertgebouworkest is of the highest order and Haitink's view of the work is well-considered with no contentious tempos or affectations. The recording was made in the Concertgebouw's inimitable Great Hall and the digital Decca sound is clearly detailed and perfectly balanced. I don't think anybody looking for a disc of this work would be remotely disappointed with this recording but seek out the usually much cheaper re-release [ Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 ] and spend the difference on Mravinsky's legendary 1982 account recorded live with the incomparable Leningrad Philharmonic [ Symphony 8 ]. It's a performance that commands your attention and, if you only want one version, is now the one to go for.
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