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Excellent recording but some tempi problems,
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphonies 5 & 9 (Audio CD)
Definitely worth having if you're a 5th devotee, but there are better interpretations. I freely admit to being a bit obsessional about Shostakovich's 5th, so was glad to receive this version. The recording itself is very good, albeit that the brass sometimes sound a little distant, but generally it's very crisp and pleasing. The treatment of the second and third movements is up there amongst my favourites and I enjoyed these hugely, but there are problems elsewhere. The first movement starts securely enough, but the start of the development, marked by the lower register piano, fails to up the pace sufficiently, and the ensemble gradually lumbers up into a rather leaden march. A matter of taste perhaps, but in anyone's book the fourth is criminally slow and I found myself shouting at the conductor to get on with it! Sadly I will listen to it less as a result. Still getting to know the 9th, so I'll not comment on that except that its good to have it.