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Shostakovich: Symphonies 9 & 12 / Wigglesworth


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1563   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shostakovich's Twelfth Symphony may not be his best, but it certainly doesn't lack for excellent performances, and this is certainly one of the very finest. The work poses few interpretive problems: it needs to be played hard, fast, and loud, with as much ensemble precision as possible. That's exactly what Mark Wiggleworth does. There are moments here that no other version comes close to matching: the final climax of the first movement, the fusillade of symphonic gunfire that leads into the finale, and much of the latter, including the coda, equaled only by Mravinsky. Wigglesworth's nicely flowing tempo in the shadowy second movement also works perfectly, sustaining interest while giving shape to this subdued music.

The Ninth
Read more Symphony is almost on the same level, but not quite. Memorable moments include a beautifully shaped and phrased Moderato second movement and an especially brash and brilliant solo trumpet in the trio of the scherzo. Both the first movement and finale could have benefited from a bit more gawky humor, in both cases from the onset of the recapitulation. Here Wigglesworth's straightforward approach hasn't quite the character that you can hear in the recent Kreizberg (PentaTone, also SACD), particularly in the finale, but it's still a very good performance. BIS's engineering as usual is outstanding in its naturalness, brilliance, and impact. For the Twelfth especially, this is definitely worth hearing. If you don't like the piece to begin with, this recording just may change your mind.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
Length: 17 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
Length: 37 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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 shostakovich May 13, 2012 By john s. (waikato, New Zealand) See All My Reviews "Most recordings these days require not only to be well played but , have exelent sound . this recording has both in abundance . Not the most popular of shostakovich symphonies but most enjoyable . so crank up the volume & enjoy ." Report Abuse
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