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This review is from: Shostakovich: Prologue To 'Orango'; Symphony No.4 (Audio CD)
One can wonder why the 4th symphony with all 'mythos' surrounding it is still not so often recorded and performed. Usually it is done by emphasizing hollow and tragic emotions linked to it (supposedly or apparently). Here we, however, have a new vision; what if the 4th is a mature modernist symphony? For Salonen (and I think for Rattle in his interpretation 20 years ago) this means first the need to expose the structure of the work and then meet the possible emotions uncovered. (And this is even more needed in the case of Orango which otherwise shows itself only as a carnivalist by-product). And yes, this is a fresh 4th, the one which shows one new face after another in repeated listening. The first rate sound and production helps in this, sure.