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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies / Mariss Jansons, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65300   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei AlexashkinLarissa Gogolevskaja
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mariss Jansons' EMI Shostakovich symphony cycle took nearly two decades to complete, yet it was mere weeks after the release of the final installment (Symphonies 3 & 14) that this new boxed set appeared, providing an opportunity for collectors to get all 15 symphonies at a bargain price. But don't let the packaging's diminutive dimensions fool you: there's nothing small-scaled about the music making.

Jansons maintains a high standard of excellence from the first recording (Symphony No. 7) to the last with his lean, taut approach that emphasizes musical values as well as emotional impact. This is the middle ground between the sheer hysteria evoked by Kondrashin and Mravinsky and the dark warmth found in Haitink's
Read more Concertgebouw Orchestra recordings. But Jansons' readings are compelling in their own right, reaching a level of intensity that is often gripping. You can hear this in pretty much all the symphonies, though Nos. 4, 8, 10, 13, & 14 are particular standouts. Rudolf Barshai's cycle (type Q4581 in Search Reviews) employed one excellent orchestra that he developed into a mean Shostakovich machine. Jansons uses no fewer than eight different ensembles, and it's remarkable how he maintains interpretive consistency.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony takes the lion's share of the work, providing six virtuoso performances (Nos. 2-4 and 12-14). The Philadelphia Orchestra plays marvelously in Nos. 10 & 11. The Leningrad/St. Petersburg Philharmonic astounds with its razor-sharp playing in Symphony No. 7; the Pittsburgh Symphony is powerful in No. 8; Vienna surprises with an edgy-sounding No. 5; Berlin provides its usual polish in No. 1; and the London Philharmonic gives a very fine No. 15. Only the relatively ordinary playing of the Oslo Philharmonic in Nos. 6 & 9 falls just short of this high level, but it's perfectly adequate for the task.

The sound is uniformly excellent, though the Bavarian Radio recordings are in a class by themselves. The set includes all of the fillers from the original releases except in one case--the fine performance of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death that was coupled with No. 10 is now gone. Barshai's powerful, idiomatic, and impressively single-minded set is still the one to beat, but Jansons' highly accomplished cycle is a compelling alternative, especially now at bargain price.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1994 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (15/06/1994 - 20/06/1994) 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USSR 
Venue:  Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany (06/2004 - 01/2005) 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USSR 
Venue:  Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 58 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany (01/10/2005 - 01/12/2005) 
4.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 
Venue:  Stadthalle Germering, Germany 
Length: 73 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Stadthalle Germering, Germany (02/09/2004 - 02/12/2004) 
5.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 74 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Musikverein, Vienna (01/07/1997 - 01/14/1997) 
6.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
Venue:  Oslo Concert Hall, Norway 
Length: 27 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Oslo Concert Hall, Norway (01/25/1991 - 01/30/1991) 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
Venue:  Live  Oslo Concert Hall, Norway 
Length: 68 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Oslo Concert Hall, Norway (04/22/1988 - 04/23/1988) 
8.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Venue:  Live  Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 
Length: 74 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (02/09/2000 - 02/11/2000) 
9.
Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
Venue:  Oslo Concert Hall, Norway 
Length: 23 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Oslo Concert Hall, Norway (01/25/1991 - 01/30/1991) 
10.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1994 
Venue:  Fairmount Park, Philadelphia 
Length: 51 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 63 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2004 
Venue:  Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 39 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin (Bass)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Male Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/2005 
Venue:  Herculessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 60 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin (Bass), Larissa Gogolevskaja (Soprano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 
Length: 48 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany (10/2005); Herkules Hall, Munich, Germany (11/2005) 
15.
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/14/1997 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 45 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (14/04/1997 - 16/04/1997) 
16.
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/14/2004 - 04/16/2004) 
17.
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Folk Festival by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/14/2004 - 04/16/2004) 
18.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
19.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b: no 6, Waltz II by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
20.
Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Giandomenico Studios, Collingswood, NJ 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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