The recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony no 4" on this album won the 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Orchestral Performance."The recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony no 4" on this album won the 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Orchestral Performance." Read less
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Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43by Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1935-1936; USSR Length: 70 Minutes 31 Secs.
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SWhostakovich right in the' Kisser!"September 8, 2014By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews"09-07-2014 hERE IS A REVIEW "ON THE ROAD," AS WE PREPARED TO REUTN HOME TO ne Washington STATE FROM gLACIER nATIONAL pARK after a week in paradise. Without my home stereo unti, I use a portable "boom box" to smaple for my reviews and this CSO Resound recording is being heard in it's conventional layer. Maybe, if I can figure out how to, I'll thype an addendum for this Shostakovich 4th Symphony's performance here by Haitink and the Chicagoans. But for now, just a bit of commentary on the conventional portion of this disc. I am not that familiar with the 4th, hwever, I cannot imahine too many opening few seconds as powerful as the ones Haitink offers us in this 2004 recording. Perviously released resound SACD's are the Mahler 6th and 3rd, both under BH, plus the Bruckner 7th and the Shost. 5th with Myung Wha Chung at the helm. All are in Super Audio and present stunning up front powerful sound. The history of this great work is, of course, famous and normally I'd refrain from telling it, but if there are any readers who don't know it, I'll be brief. The Symphony was written between September of 1935 and may of 36. In the meantime, Stalin had seen Lady MacBeth and ordered a scathing review, "Muddle instead of Music," to be published in Pravda, condemming both the opera and it's composer, who, nonetheless, perceveired and finished the work, only to withdraw it during rehearsals. it was not played until December 30, 1961 with the Moscow Philharmonic under Kiril Kondrashin. Equally as complex as it's early history is the coring. An extremely large orchestra is utilized, and Including those numerous "peripheral" instruments, such as contrabassoons, and or, bass clarinets. There are essentially four each of the winds with 8 French Horns, 4 trumpets, 3 and 2 each trombones and tubas. the percussion section is quite large and varied with essentially 6 timpani plus side drums, bass drums, snare and all kinds of other 'pots and pans,' and, as expected, a huge contingent of strings, perhaps as many as 64 to 84 string players. I might believe the 64, but I doubt the 84! At any rate, this is a massive orchestra and Haitink has control of the reigns regardless of the size. THE FIRST recording of the 4th was the same as the premiere, with Khondrashin. There are several notable releases of this huge and challenging work, not the least of which are those by Rozhdsetvensky ( with the Phil. and the BBC), Rostropovich, Slatkin, Rattle, Gergiev, Jansons and, most recently, one by the young and exciting Vasily Petrenko, which I currently have on order----can't wait to hear it!! This is a 3 movement, long complex work, lasting generally a little over an hour. Here Maestro Haitink leads the Chicago Symphony in a canvas of nearly 70 and a half minutes of pure music as dramatic and stunning as a out anything the Master wrote."Report Abuse