Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65by Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor:
Sir Georg Solti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1943; USSR Date of Recording: 02/1989 Venue: Live Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois Length: 63 Minutes 5 Secs.
Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65: 1. Adagio
Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65: 3. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65: 4. Largo
Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65: 5. Allegretto
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A Driven, Relentless 8th , packed with power and October 8, 2014By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews"10-08-2014 Sir George Solti once told Charlie Rose that Shostakovich was one of the 3 great 20th Century composers, along side of Bartok and Stravinsky. I still fine BB rough edged and caustic, and IS to be more technique and racket than substance, and he gets more than enough play by the fabulously bland Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco, a de=dreadful waste of an excellent ensemble, on the cusp of possibly joining the "Big Five" of US orchestras, but withering away on a steady diet of Stravinsky, Copland and, Icckkkk! Gershwin. So, that leaves the great Russian symphonist and chamber music composer of the tortured modern Russian culture, scarred deeply by war and the terror of the greatest killer of the last 100 plus years, Joe Stalin. Making Hitler look like a "school-yard bully," this beast murdered thousands from ordinary peasants to Generals and Admirals based on "suspicion," and little else, and targeted especially the intelligencia. "Shosty" escaped the bullets and rope barely to tell us, today, "what it was really like," and this Symphony is a graphic sample of such an ordeal. Most conductors see this work as a gradual build up to the mechanized horror of war and the murderous purges of the 1930's, but Solti starts out with high voltage and then drives his band over one precipice after another. Just as you think he couldn't get more engaged, he breaks through to yet another level, thrusting, stabbing and piercing even more violence than one thinks possible. An exhausting and draining headlong rush to the abyss and the crushing weight of pending doom and gloom. The full weight if this big, muscular CSO gets a wide deep soundstage with which to display their virtuosity. The winds, especially, are shrill, sharp, sarcastic and mocking, and the violence in the brass and percussion is astonishing, to say the least. We sat behind the low brass last June on vacation there to hear van Zweden lead the 5th Symphony and the effect was stunning! We are hoping for a return trip in April 2015, for the 8th under Bychkov, whom we've yet to hear, but suspect he's not far removed from Sir George. The CSO is no "lap-dog," but a big, swaggering, loud barking beefy work dog, in need of a large yard in which to run, play, roam and enjoy, like a Labrador or a retriever in the best habitat. Forget the leash! Let him run. I currently own these 8ths. Previn/LSO, Levi/Atlanta, Petrenko/Liverpool, and this Solti/CSO and this masterpiece can take multiple interpretations and all sound impressive. I am looking to add a few more, and hope I find a Bychkov reading in the catalog. Ah! I just located a Berlin Phil. Byschkov reading and will give it a try. Wish me luck. zBut no luck is needed for this London disc, a splendid addition to anyone's library if you like your Shostakovich without, what Charles M. Russell said was "the bark on" his subjects he painted in the old American West art. just raw, honest and REAL. Nothing else will suffice, nor should. A 5 star high recommendation. God bless you, all, Tony. AMDG!!!!"Report Abuse
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