Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47by Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor:
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1937; USSR Date of Recording: 04/24/1954 Venue: Leningrad Length: 44 Minutes 42 Secs.
Song of the forests, Op. 81by Dmitri Shostakovich Performer:
Ivan Petrov (),
Vitaly Kiltchevsky ()
USSR State Symphony Orchestra,
USSR State Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1949; USSR Date of Recording: 1949 Venue: Leningrad Length: 33 Minutes 30 Secs.
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Soviet 1950s mono, but wait -- it's good!May 2, 2015By Nancy W. (Manchester, NH)See All My Reviews"I have never really been satisfied with any recording of the Shostakovich symphony 5. Maybe I am just a little too fussy, I don't know. Mravinsky came closest. But all of his recordings that I was aware of (1965, 1966, 1973, 1980s digital) individually had one or more flaws such as: poor sound, ineffective microphone placement, loud audience noise, live recording orchestral errors, and other things. Despite a somewhat distant microphone placement, I liked the 1966 -- very good stereo sound, minimal audience noise, well played. But I always felt that it, as well as the others, was too fast. Generally, I don't mind speed in orchestral work, and it can add excitement which is desirable on certain compositions,Toscanini doing the Brahms no. 1 for instance. But the Mravinsky Shostakovich 5 recordings always seemed kind of rushed to me; not just the blitz opening of the fourth movement, but the whole thing seemed as though he was pushing it too hard. Finally, I found this little-known 1954 studio recording, and now I have a Shostakovich no. 5 that I really like, the one that I will listen to. He takes it more deliberately, which makes it an eerie expression of the grim and creeping horror that was life in Stalin's 1937 USSR (when this symphony was written). And I was just astonished at the sound. This is 1954 Soviet mono, but you would never know it. No surface noise, good balance, clear base, very good orchestral clarity, and no shrieking from high treble sections. Yes, it is mono, and there are a couple of brief and minor sonic irregularities. But it is at least as good as American mono (RCA for example) from that era, better I think. A fine performance with good mono sound. Highly recommended."Report Abuse