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Shostakovich: Symphonies 4, 5, 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev) Double CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • ASIN: B00JJ9GSIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,725 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Valery Gergiev continues his acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle with his sixth release, a 2-SACD set of consecutive symphonies 4, 5 & 6. Shostakovich's symphonies are often emotionally powerful and the three symphonies performed here are a particularly compelling and riveting combination. The tortuous difficulty of adhering to vaguely articulated political dictats shaped the evolution of Shostakovich s music. Yet it is his sophisticated employment of musical codes that enabled him to maintain his creative integrity. There is no better illustration of his ability to tread a fine line between acclaim and condemnation than the experience he faced during the 1930s: the period when these symphonies were composed. Previous releases in Gergiev s Shostakovich cycle include Symphonies Nos 1 & 15, Symphonies Nos 2 & 11, Symphonies Nos 3 & 10 and Symphony No 7.

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'[The Sixth Symphony] is compelling from first note to last' --David Fanning, Gramophone

Taken as a whole, this sequence of three symphonies covers a narrow but critical period of Shostakovich s life. However, Gergiev prefers to stick to the music itself, rather than trying to play up any biographical connections, encrypted or otherwise. The result is a set of performances that give a faithful account of what Shostakovich wrote while leaving the listener to form his/her own interpretative associations. --Examiner

After spending so much time listening to Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6, I m still in awe of the Mariinsky Orchestra s knack to not only perform this music immaculately but also get out of its way and let the human conditions shine forth. We cannot allow ourselves to take recordings like this for granted. --PopMatters

'on compelling form ... worthy of anyone s attention' --Mark Pullinger, International Record Review, September 2014

After spending so much time listening to Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6, I m still in awe of the Mariinsky Orchestra s knack to not only perform this music immaculately but also get out of its way and let the human conditions shine forth. We cannot allow ourselves to take recordings like this for granted. --PopMatters


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