Top Shostakovich by an Early SupporterJanuary 11, 2014By benjamin cutler (somerville, NJ)See All My Reviews"The "Iron Curtain" hid many things from the West. One of them was that Russia had a cornucopia of top flight conductors. Evgeny Mravinsky was one of the few that became known during the early 50s. You had to go to a store that sold Russian made recordings to find out much more. Konstanton Ivanov was one of the names you occasionally saw in those days. He is virtually forgotten now. But Ivanov along with Mravinsky was an early supporter of Shostakovich so what he has to say in this music is more important than either Svetlanov, Rostdestvensky, or even Kondrashin, fine as those conductors are. A comparison between this performance and Mravinsky's early performance reveals little difference in timing, and Ivanov's orchestra, although very good, is not quite the equal of the Leningrad. But Ivanov is marginally more expressive in how he presents Shostakovich's music. I am very happy this was finally issued abd I hope for more to come."Report Abuse
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