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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies [12-CD Collector's Edition]


Release Date: 04/15/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002020902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Anatoli KotschergaSergei LeiferkusLjuba Kazarnovskaya
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinNeeme JärviMyung-Whun ChungMstislav Rostropovich,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraGothenburg Symphony OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The main purpose in putting this set together, obviously, was to recycle Järvi’s incomplete (for DG) Shostakovich cycle–the rest of it is on Chandos. Järvi has always been a fine Shostakovich conductor, and here he offers Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, which no one especially cares about even though they’re very good, and Nos. 11-15, which are another story altogether. Järvi’s performances are swift, well played (and sung), and wholly convincing. Nos. Thirteen and Fifteen are particularly powerful. It’s also good to hear those stepchildren of late Shostakovich, Nos. Eleven and Twelve, played with such unapologetic, take-no-prisoners excitement.

As for the rest, there are few disappointments.

Nos. 1, 6,
Read more 7, and 9. Leonard Bernstein leads the Chicago Symphony in reference versions of Nos. 1 and 7 that need no further comment here. The Vienna Philharmonic plays Nos. 6 and 9, performances that don’t compare to Bernstein’s excellent New York recordings for Sony. The orchestra sounds uncomfortable and at times unsteady, is very dryly recorded, and at the end of the Sixth the cymbal player comes in a bar early.

The remainders are singleton performances: Previn’s Eighth is slow and serious, perhaps not as exciting as his previous EMI version with the same orchestra, but a very powerful reading nonetheless. Karajan’s digital Tenth is a reference recording for that work (perhaps surprisingly), one of his best late efforts. Rostropovich remade the Fifth with this same National Symphony (of Washington, D.C.), a performance better played on the whole, but you won’t hear a more intense and communicative vision of the piece. Finally, Chung’s Fourth enjoys superb playing by the Philadelphia Orchestra and great sonics, but an interpretation that tells us nothing about the music itself.

The suites, tone poem and overture, with Järvi again, are uniformly good and nice to have to round out the offering. Basically this is as fine as any of the cycles under one conductor, despite the piecemeal assembly. You could do much worse.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
3.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/2000 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 18 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 27 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5.
Bolt Suite, Op. 27a "Ballet Suite no 5" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 08/1999 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 60 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Length: 46 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
9.
Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
10.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  All Saints Church, London 
Length: 67 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1981 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 51 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
13.
October, Op. 131 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
14.
Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes, Op. 115 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
15.
Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
16.
Hamlet: Suite, Op. 32a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
17.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Gothen 
18.
Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Anatoli Kotscherga (Bass)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonia National Male Choir,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USSR 
19.
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
20.
Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Bass), Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 

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