I only bought this becuase it was cheap (thanks, Zoverstocks!), but it quickly became the version I prefer of the three versions I have on CD of Symphony No 5.
The difference is that this conductor takes things just that little bit easier in three of the four movements, at least. This allows the notes to be clearly heard in full. It may be too slow for some people, but it seems to add so much depth to the music. It may not work for Napalm Death, but Shostakovich should be heard in full to be fully appreciated.
It would be interesting to compare this with the more recent Shostakovich symphonies released on Naxos (recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra). I can't say which is better, but I would highly recommend this version.
Presumably it is timings that mean that symphonies 5 and 9 are often released on the same CD. Well, it's here again.
There are better all-round performances than this one but the recording is very good and as you can pick this up for pennies why not? Alternative interpretations of great works are always useful if only for comparitive purposes!
This is a very effective double-bill of 5th & 9th Symphonies. Rabhari captures the weight & atmosphere of both these symphonies to perfection. He takes time over the slow movements, but subtly builds the sense of ominous menace & emotional foreboding brilliantly. Performance & recording are excellent. This was highly rated in the Penguin Guide, a rare 4 star review for an 'attractive issue'. Enough said? Essential listening.