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Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies Box set

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  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Audio CD (7 Aug. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000G6BJS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
  2. II. Allegro
  3. III. Lento - Largo
  4. IV. Lento - Allegro molto - Adagio - Largo - Presto
  5. First movement: Allegretto
  6. Second movement: Adagio
  7. Third movement: Allegretto
  8. Fourth movement: Adagio

Disc: 2

  1. I Largo
  2. II Poco meno mosso - Allegro molto
  3. III Chor: "An den Oktober" (first recording with factory siren)
  4. I "Revolutionäres Petrograd"/"Revolutionary Petrograd"
  5. II Razliv
  6. III Aurora
  7. IV Morgentöte der Menscheit/"Dawn of Humanity"

Disc: 3

  1. I Allegretto
  2. II Piu mosso
  3. III Allegro
  4. IV Andante
  5. V Allegro
  6. VI Andante
  7. VII Moderato 'Pervoe Maya'
  8. De Profundis
  9. Malaguena
  10. Loreley
  11. The Suicide (Der Selbstmörder)
  12. On the Alert (Auf der Wacht)
  13. Look here, Madame! (Sehen Sie, Madame!)
  14. At the Sante Jail (Im Kerker der Santé)
  15. Reply to the Sultan of Constantinople (Antwort der Zaporoger Kosaken)
  16. O Delvig! (An Delwig)
  17. The Poet's Death (Der Tod des Dichters)
  18. Conclusion (Schlußstück)

Disc: 4

  1. 1. Allegretto poco moderato
  2. 2. Moderato con moto
  3. 3. Largo - Allegro
  4. No. 8: Romance
  5. No. 3: Folk feast

Disc: 5

  1. Moderato
  2. Allegretto
  3. Largo
  4. Allegro non troppo
  5. I. Largo
  6. II. Allegro
  7. III. Presto

Disc: 6

  1. I. Allegretto
  2. II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
  3. III. Adagio
  4. IV. Allegro non troppo

Disc: 7

  1. I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo - Adagio
  2. II. Allegretto
  3. III. Allegro non troppo -
  4. IV. Largo -
  5. V. Allegretto
  6. Mariss Jansons in rehearsal

Disc: 8

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Moderato
  3. III. Presto
  4. IV. Largo
  5. V. Allegretto
  6. I. Moderato
  7. II. Allegro
  8. III. Allegretto - Largo - Più mosso
  9. IV. Andante -
  10. Allegro

Disc: 9

  1. Tha Palace Square (Adagio)
  2. The 9th January (Allegro)
  3. In Memorium (Adagio)
  4. The Toscin (Allegro non troppo)
  5. I. Waltz
  6. II. Polka
  7. III. Foxtrot
  8. VI. Waltz 2 from Jazz Suite No. 2
  9. Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two) Op. 16

Disc: 10

  1. I. Babi Jar/Babi Yar
  2. II. Der Witz/Humour
  3. III. Im Laden/At the store
  4. IV. Ängst/Fears
  5. V. Karriere/Career

Product Description

WEA 0094636530024; WEA ITALIANA - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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I am a Jansons fan and this set does nothing to diminish that view.However I cannot agree with Mark Meldon regarding recording quality over the ten disc set.No.7 dates from 1988 and it shows in its harsh,strident character - especially string tone (I am a professional string player by the way).This disc was certainly not unplayable, as some reviewers have found.No.5 is also a less than ideal sound - it was recorded live in 1997 at the Musikverein,one of the best concert halls in the world,so no excuses there.There is a watery,diffused quality to the sound,with brass,woodwind and percussion all lacking focus and impact.By contrast No.15 is beautifully recorded at Abbey Rd.in 1997.Several symphonies (2,3,4,12,13,14)are recorded in Munich with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - good performances and generally good sound ,though maybe a little congested and lacking 'air' and ambience.
So all in all, still recommended with qualifications - certainly great value for money.
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By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2008
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For some reason, this "budget box" of Shostakovich's symphonies gets the odd poor review, but I think its great. Although I have the Brilliant Classics Shostakovich box with the now "default" Barshai performances, I still frequently reach for this box in preference as it contains 10 CDs, not 27! No, really, the reason is that, in the main, these performances match Barshai.

Conducted by Mariss Jansons with 8 different orchestras between 1988 and 2005, there is little noticeable difference in the sumptuous EMI sound quality throughout this impressive set.

With a good booklet and a competitive price tag, this set is highly recommended.
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Great value and a truly outstanding set of performances. The tenth symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra is particularly excellent capturing all the depth and drama of the period. Jansons reputation as the conductor's conductor is sealed with such interpretations.
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There is ample reason for anyone interested in the music of the 20th Century to want to own a complete set of the symphonies of Shostakovich over and above those who simply love the music-or some of it at least!
He was beyond question the last major figure writing in the symphonic form, but the very idea of Shostakovich arouses divided passions even before we get to the music!
This is of course because he lived and worked in the Soviet Union, a regime to which he seemingly gave his support and which he glorified in many of his compositions-or not, as there has sprung up a whole industry of apologists even before the appearance of the discredited Volkov Testament which has sought to portray him as a subversive counter-revolutionary whose works were either ironic or cleverly disguised musical exposure and condemnation of the repressive Soviet Regime.

The truth of course lies somewhere in between-he was a Russian patriot who grew up in the Soviet Union and accepted the rules as best he could- and the plaudits and favours heaped on him and his family-and like most composers his style and content was inevitably shaped by his environment.
He nearly came to grief twice-in the 1930s when he overstepped the mark in experimentation and was forced to withdraw the Fourth Symphony and abandon his plan to complete Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, and at the end of the war when his jaunty 9th Symphony did not meet the expectations of Stalin and his cronies who expected a bombastic paean of praise for The Great Leader who had won the war by sheer force of will!

Ultimately it is the music that counts, and though the various concerti and chamber works are magnificent achievements, the 15 symphonies encapsulate better than any the musical genius that was Shostakovich.
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Jansons or Barshai? I plumped for Jansons at this bargain price. I have always liked some of DSCH's music, but may have been influenced by some harsh criticism from his detractors, so shunned some of the symphonies. At this price I felt that there was no excuse, and to make my own judgement. I miss first movement allegros (not his thing), but after Mahler 3 anything can seem brisk and brief (-ish!). The performances are, according to more informed critics, all very good at least. The 15 are one of the most remarkable musical testaments of the twentieth century.
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I bought this while analysing the 5th symphony for my music degree.
The booklet in the box has a very interesting interview with the conductor alongside some key contextual points in DS's symphonic career. The box is well presented and the music is simply awe inspiring.
Id reccomend this to anyone who wants an introduction to Shostakovich.
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Evan Kastner is absolutely correct about the defective disc with Symphony Seven (my own favourite) on it. My history with the disc was that there was no problem having Amazon replace the set, but the same disc, the Symphony Seven one, was again defective. At this point I gave up exchanging copies of the weighty complete package and bought the Seventh on its own. However, this was never the same as having a full set in the box, quite apart from the extra cost, and I've now lost the whole lot out of lack of interest, perhaps a year or more ago. And it's a good set, but not quite the same, with 9 + 1 discs.

I was so disappointed, Shostakovich being my favourite composer by a mile/ 1,609.344 metres. Janssons is good, but Kondrashin is supreme, apart from the flimsy box, and Russian. Russian conductor, Russian orchestra, Russian interpretations, even produced in Russia with a flimsy Russian box. Nowhere less than interesting and thoughtful, very exciting where it needs to be, everywhere Russian, wonderful, sharply amazing, and better than Barshai and even Mravinsky, brilliant though he is.

But beware Symphony Seven in this set.
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