Mravinsky's live recording of the Eighth is of capital importance, since it was he who gave the work its premiere...It is a performance of extraordinary vehemence and power, vivid contrast and bitter intensity. The curdled woodwind dissonances and huge climaxes of the first movement are given a shocking force not simply by sheer volume but by playing at the very limit of their powers: it is not often these days that we hear a clarinet or an oboe played so loudly. The fact this is a concert performance increases one's respect for the risks taken: to expect trombones to play staccato at the furious tempo Mravinsky chooses is really living dangerously, but they respond superbly, as do the belligerently precise trumpets...[It is] a performanceRead more which sees clearly that the real burden of emotion here lies in the strings. For a recapturing of the appalling shock this work must have caused (the Russians were expecting a "Victory Symphony”), Mravinsky's account demands to be heard: the Leningrad audience is struck dumb by it.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65by Dmitri Shostakovich Conductor:
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1943; USSR Date of Recording: 1982 Venue: Leningrad Philharmonic, Live Recording
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disappointing recordingNovember 7, 2012By Daniel M. See All My Reviews"The performance is first rate but the recording sounds lifeless and dull according to my tastes. The brass sounds are more believable than the strings but only by a small amount. All of this may be due to a poor choice of microphones and/or mic. placement? This has become one of my favorite symphonies so I certainly don't mind buying 2 or 3 different versions. I have added 3 possible choices to my wish list based on multiple (good) reviews."Report Abuse