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Shostakovich: Symphonies No 1 & 15 / Caetani, Et Al

Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47706   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Luca FranzettiLuca SantanielloGabriel Zanetti
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Oleg Caetani leads a wonderfully youthful, invigorating account of the First Symphony, adopting some daringly fast tempos both in the opening movement's march music and in the trio of the scherzo. In both cases they work splendidly well, particularly as a prelude to a flowing account of the brooding Lento and a powerful rendering of the emotionally ambivalent finale. It's an absolutely terrific performance, and you can really understand the audience's enthusiastic response at the end. A few minor imperfections of ensemble and some performance noises (both here and in the Fifteenth Symphony) certainly don't matter very much when the interpretation is so impulsive and enjoyable, but I would be remiss in my obligations if I didn't point out Read more that there isn't quite the polish and precision that you can find in some of the better studio recordings.

The reading of the Fifteenth Symphony couldn't be more different: it's gravely thoughtful, though both the first movement and scherzo have plenty of the necessary spunk. But it's the second and fourth movements that will linger in the memory, particularly the finale, which is taken unusually slowly but features some very beautiful violin playing of its long-limbed principal melody. Caetani builds the central passacaglia to a massive climax, with the low brass growling powerfully before the tam-tam blows the whole thing to smithereens.

The extremely natural engineering (in both stereo and multichannel formats) gives the coda a particularly luminous, ethereal quality that seems just what the composer ordered. Ordinarily I lean toward a swifter view of this finale, but there's no question that Caetani makes an excellent case for his interpretation and has the orchestra willing to journey with him to hell and back. In sum, this is a fine release, one of the better issues in this series, ranking alongside Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8, and 11. [9/11/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Luca Franzetti (Cello), Luca Santaniello (Violin)
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/2004 
Venue:  Live  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 27 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a multichannel recording. 
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Gabriel Zanetti (Cello), Luca Santaniello (Violin)
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 46 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a multichannel recording. 

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