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Eugene Ormandy conducts Shostakovich


Release Date: 03/13/2020 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19439704792  
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichMason Jones
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1963, Eugene Ormandy became the first to perform and record Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 on this side of the Iron Curtain. As BBC Music Magazine wrote in 2012, “the high-temperature recording of Shostakovich’s Fourth was made in 1963, only three years after the composer had allowed his 24-year-old monster to surface in Soviet Russia. The engineering of the day cowers before the work’s many screaming climaxes, but the woodwinds remain firm of purpose and the Philadelphia strings tear into the first movement’s fugal madness like souls possessed. Their masterly, heartfelt phrasing in the Tenth Symphony gives the work the tragic stature it deserves, but seldom receives.

The new 3-album reissue also contains Symphonies No. 1
Read more (“This is certainly the version of the First Symphony to own” – Gramophone), No. 5 (“The Philadelphia Orchestra made the very first recording of the Fifth Symphony (under Stokowski), and they play it marvelously here … Ormandy has always shown a special feeling for Shostakovich” – Penguin Guide) and another premiere, the first recording of Cello Concerto No. 1, played by its dedicatee, Mstislav Rostropovich in sessions supervised by composer. “It would be impossible”, wrote Gramophone’s reviewer, “to overpraise Rostropovich’s performance of the solo part, which combines phenomenal technique with the complete musical understanding one expects of a soloist who has had the advantage of working with the composer. What is more, Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra accompany him magnificently.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/08/1959 
Venue:  Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, PA 
3.
Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
4.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a: Polka by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
5.
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
6.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Mason Jones (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/08/1959 
Venue:  Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 27 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Overall: An excellent collection June 10, 2020 By P. Nauman (Reno, NV) See All My Reviews "While Ormandy seems to have always put out very fine recordings, what really stands out is one of the finest performances of the 4th. I’ve never heard it better. Well done engineering that brings out all aspects of the orchestra, especially the winds. Very happy with this box." Report Abuse
 A pleasing release long waited for June 4, 2020 By Dr. Peter Edwin Watkins (Tewantin, Queensland) See All My Reviews "There has been a long wait to get Ormandy's masterful accounts of the Shostakovich from Sony. But it is disappointing that they did not include the Superb Performances of the later Shostakovich which he put on disc for RCA which Sony now has access to. To hear these marvelous performances you have to purchase them separately from Arkiv." Report Abuse
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