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Shostakovich: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Shostakovich
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Mariinsky   Catalog #: 545  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It's repertoire in which Valery Gergiev can be irresistible and there are great swaths of these symphonies – in the vast span of the Fourth and good portions of the Fifth especially – when his intensity and that of the Mariinsky Orchestra become just that..." - Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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"Valery Gergiev continues his acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle with his sixth release, a 2-SACD set of three consecutive symphonies 4, 5 & 6. Shostakovich symphonies are often emotionally powerful and the three symphonies performed here are a particularly compelling and riveting combination.

Without doubt, the tortuous difficulty of adhering to vaguely articulated political
Read more dictates shaped the evolution of Shostakovich’s music. Yet it is his sophisticated employment of musical codes that enabled him to maintain his creative integrity. There is no better illustration of his ability to tread a fine line between acclamation and condemnation with the skill of a tight-rope walker than the experience he faced during the 1930s, the period when he composed his Fourth, Fifth and Sixth symphonies. - Choc de Classica Classica (France) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
3.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 

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