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  • Vinyl
  • Label: LONDON
  • ASIN: B006VYVPUI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,293,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rjmcr on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: 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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Format: Audio CD
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My thanks to the reader who has informed me of the double listing of this review - one correct and one incorrect.
Unfortunately this is a common software problem, especially where listings share similar titles, and cannot be corrected by reviewers.
Please be patient and understanding therefore and either scroll down past this review or read it for unintentional additional interest if appropriate! Best wishes - Ian Giles
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The Haitink recording review follows:

This disc, first issued in 1983, was one of the first in Haitink's series and it set the bar high. The recording was always impressive with wide range and depth. The performance and interpretation are also also both impressive as one might expect from this well-tried and trusted combination. Thirty years later it still sounds, and is, impressive.

The playing of the Dutch orchestra is of the highest and both Decca and Haitink make sure that everything can be heard and that it is effective in a controlled. non-emotional way. What is not attempted is the sort of raw emotional edge that Mravinsky provided in his 1982 'live' performance and available on Philips. That has an intensity that is very special but Haitink's version still delivers a very satisfying version.

Previn, in his first much admired LSO version on EMI, gives a more showy version where the speed adopted for the third movement, for example, is just a bit too fast for the trombones to articulate cleanly after the more nimble trumpets. This is counter productive as it introduces an element of heaviness and this is not to be found in Haitink's concept where everything he does is definitely attainable by his excellent orchestra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dwb on 8 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent performance of the 8th the recording is old but still sounds good. Recommend this to anyone interested in Shostakovich symphonies.
The Haitink symphony cycle must be one of the best available.
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