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A Excellent Shostakovich Compilation..,
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; Festive Overture; Suite from Katerina Ismailova; Tea for Two (Audio CD)
Shostakovich's 9th Symphony is very much underrated. In fact, most record companies when trying to market his 9th Symphony, usually combine it with other more well-known Shostakovich Symphonies like the 5th, or other shorter pieces, like Chandos have done here, with Shostakovich's powerful Festive Overture, the Suite from Katerina Ismailova and his catchy arrangement of Tea for Two. But at least Chandos have featured the 9th Synphony as the main work on this cd, and rightly so, because I think this is a fine Symphony from Shostakovich, recorded here very well by Neeme Jarvi and the Scottish National Orchestra. Of course the 9th Symphony is not like his epic Symphonies like the 7th or 8th and it's certainly a lot shorter in length at 25:10 min.
In the opening Allegro I have always liked the solo trombone part that occures prominently through the first movement accompanied just by light strings and woodwinds.
The Moderato is another high point with the SNO strings shaping the movement in a very sensuous style.
The shortest movement, which is the Presto, leads to a very dramatic trombone and tuba fanfare leading to solo Bassoon and light string backing.
Finally the Allegretto which is the longest movement at 6:55 min starts with strings but builds to a impressive climax with full brass that ends in a abrupt manner.