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on 27 January 2014
I have now bought all of the Shostakovitch Symphonies recorded by the Royal Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko.
Being totally in love with Shostakovitch's music, and having more recordings than I care to admit to, I rarely buy a CD of his work recorded by someone young. My reasoning is that someone has to have experienced life, to play/conduct this particular composer's work. I don't much care for most of Petrenko's Shostakovitch interpretations. However, I definitely make an exception for the Symphony 8. Overall It really is excellent.
The Symphony is played with tenderness where required, and with great gusto, yet at the same time clarity, (not always achieved by the greatest of Conductor's) where called for.
I would recommend anyone to listen to this performance, and come to your own conclusions. But for me, it's a winner...