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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 Import

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  • Orchestra: Brussels BRT Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
  • Composer: Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013RB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Over the years, I've listened to many versions of the 5th and felt unsatisfied. Could it be that Shostakovich's attempt to write a symphony which was designed to please Stalin have resulted in an inhibition of the creative process, or was it that the recordings I'd heard failed to do the work justice? Or was it just that I had a blind spot where this work was concerned? Somehow I felt that the symphony was indeed one I should respond to and that it was just hadn't found the right version. I subsequently purchased a lot of recordings trying to find that ideal performance - Haitink, Berglund, Ashkenazy, Bernstein '79, Jarvi, Dmitri Shostakovich, Stokowski - without success. Finally I took a chance with this inexpensive Naxos release, which received a generally positive response from the critics.

Well, Rahbari's performance is rather good. There is drama in the first movement, excitement and irony in the second, and a thrillingly optimistic conclusion to the finale. Most importantly, the third movement is projected with incredible atmosphere and deep emotion. The orchestral playing is extremely good and the quality of the recording is excellent. This version is the one that I will always turn to when I want to hear the 5th Symphony.
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There are many discs offering this combination of the 5th and 9th symphonies, played by much more illustrious orchestras with 'star' conductors, but this Naxos offering can hold its head up with most of them - and above a few. Rahbari has a firm grip on both works and delivers tight, energetic interpretations - particularly so in the 9th which is brittle and nervous, just as it should be. The 5th, of course, is one of the composer's finest and the competition is fierce; but here we have a very good performance which combines monumentality and delicacy, as required. Those on a budget in these cash strapped times need not hesitate - excellent playing, highly persuasive interpretations and great sound.
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HASH(0x8c336bb8) out of 5 stars Great music-making at bargain price! 1 Mar. 2004
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Format: Audio CD
This disc was my first exposure to the Ninth, and I cannot say I have heard a more convincing rendition; now the Fifth is played here with gusto, but I have Rostropovich's recording from 1994 that outshines almost any for overall interpretation and sound engineering. One cannot go wrong with this Rahbari CD though.
If you're somewhat new to Shostakovich, get nice recordings of symphonies 4&10, such as Eugene Ormandy on Sony, and a couple chamber music CDs. The Complete Trios & Sonatas on Arabeque is great but might be unavailable; still, Naxos has some other nice Shostakovich recordings, including the Complete String Quartets.
This Ninth is outstanding, and who minds having several versions of the Fifth? I could live with this one pretty well. Once again, there is every reason to buy this disc -- performance, sound, and price are right-on.
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HASH(0x8d4fe078) out of 5 stars Excellent value for money 26 Feb. 2000
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Format: Audio CD
Rahbari was a student of Karajan's and he does a decent job here with a Belgian orchestra. If you want an inexpensive version of these two fine symphonies, you can do no better than this disc.
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