Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Shostakovich: The Symphonies / Haitink, Concertgebouw, Lpo


Release Date: 05/16/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 00638702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Marius RintzlerDietrich Fischer-DieskauJulia VarádyOrtrun Wenkel,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic ChoirRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 11 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $87.98
CD:  $82.49
In Stock
MP3: $65.99
What's this?




Notes and Editorial Reviews

With a little thought and planning, Universal could have put together a Shostakovich cycle for the ages. You wouldn't think that this is a composer who suits Bernard Haitink, but the fact is that many of these performances are magnificent, including Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 8, 12(!), 13, and 15. Beyond that, Nos. 2, 3, 6, 9, and 11 are also very good. So if we had been given Bernstein's 1 and 7, Karajan's second version of No. 10, Järvi's No. 14, and perhaps one or two from Ashkenazy's cycle (No. 6 or 11, perhaps), this set would have swept the board. As it is, it's quite good, and a welcome reissue for the Shostakovich Centenary.


The very worst you could say about the less enticing performances here is that they are
Read more just a touch droopy now and then, but Haitink is never less than musical, and he's at or close to the top of his game a remarkable amount of the time. As far as complete sets go, only Barshai (Brilliant Classics) beats this one in terms of both interpretation and sound, and no one betters the Concertgebouw when it comes to quality of orchestral response, although the earlier LPO recordings (Nos. 1-3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 15) are less impressive in this department. Still and all, with the two song cycles very well done too, this is a safe bet, and very satisfying taken as a whole.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1981 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
5.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 
6.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Length: 50 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
8.
Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
9.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
10.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
11.
Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
12.
Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Marius Rintzler (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Men's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USSR 
13.
Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Julia Varády (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 50 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, Op. 143a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Ortrun Wenkel (Alto)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
15.
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 45 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
From Jewish folk poetry, Op. 79 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Ryszard Karczykowski (Tenor), Ortrun Wenkel (Alto)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1983 
Venue:  Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 27 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Version: 1964 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1, Op.10: 1. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No.1, Op.10: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.1, Op.10: 3. Lento
Symphony No.1, Op.10: 4. Lento - Allegro molto
Symphony No.3, Op.20 - "1st of May": 1. Allegretto - Allegro
Symphony No.3, Op.20 - "1st of May": 2. Andante
Symphony No.3, Op.20 - "1st of May": 3. Allegro - Largo
Symphony No.3, Op.20 - "1st of May": 4. Moderato: V pervoye Pervoye maya
Symphony No.2 in B major, Op.14 - "To October": 1. Largo - Allegro molto
Symphony No.2 in B major, Op.14 - "To October": 2. "My shli, my prosili raboty i khleba"
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 1. Moderato
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 3. Allegretto
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 4. Andante - Allegro

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In