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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 / Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich / Leningrad Symphony Orch / Mravinsky
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 performance Read 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.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Leningrad Philharmonic, Live Recording 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 disappointing recording November 7, 2012 By 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
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