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Shostakovich - The Complete Symphonies / Caetani, Et Al


Release Date: 12/26/2006 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47850/88   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Luca SantanielloLuca FranzettiMarina PoplavskayaMichael Davidov,   ... 
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanVerdi Chorus Milan
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 11 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The first thing you will notice about this set, the second complete Shostakovich cycle to appear on SACD, is the excellent live sonics. Interestingly, the best sound seems to follow alongside the best performances: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5, 6, 8, 11, and 12. All are pretty stunning--edgy, visceral, take-no-prisoners performances that stand with the best. The others are a mixed bag, partly on account of the variable response of the orchestra on the day in question, and partly due to Caetani's sporadic over-eagerness or occasional inability to settle down into quite the right tempo (a particular problem in the Tenth and the first movement of the
Read more Thirteenth). That said, Nos. 4, 7, 14, and 15 also are very good interpretations by any standard, and of course no one especially cares about Nos. 2 and 3.

So as far as complete cycles go, this one is competitive. It's not quite as idiomatic as Maxim Shostakovich (but features better playing and sound); it has fewer dull moments than Haitink (who still has great orchestras and some really outstanding performances); and it's less wayward than Rostropovich (at least in the LSO bits of his cycle). Probably your best bet overall remains Jansons on EMI, with multiple orchestras, but there's plenty to enjoy here if you want one big SACD box--and this is a good bit more exciting than Kitayenko's SACD set on Capriccio.

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

1.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Luca Santaniello (Violin), Luca Franzetti (Cello)
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/2004 
Venue:  Live  Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 27 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a multichannel recording. 
2.
Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Length: 46 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a multichannel recording. 
3.
Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Length: 35 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USSR 
Length: 26 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: 04/2006 - 06/2006 
6.
Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano), Michael Davidov (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 
Length: 45 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: 04/2006 - 06/2006 
7.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/2004 
Length: 67 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Length: 47 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: 2001 - 2002 
9.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
Length: 31 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: 2001 - 2002 
10.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Length: 72 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USSR 
Length: 26 Minutes 28 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Length: 52 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Length: 65 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14.
Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Pavel Kudinov (Bass)
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Length: 54 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Oleg Caetani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Length: 53 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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