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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 / Wigglesworth, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Shostakovich
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1643   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Mark Wigglesworth's cycle of the symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich has been evolving gradually since its beginnings in 1997. First out was No. 7, the 'Leningrad Symphony', which Classic CD Magazine described as 'a magnificent release in all respects'. Since then, Wigglesworth has offered us a Ninth, Twelfth and Fourteenth all designated 'Benchmark Recordings' by BBC Music Magazine at the time of their respective releases, a ‘Babi Yar’ (No. 13) described as 'probably the most convincing Thirteenth to have appeared in the West’ in International Record Review, an account of the Fourth in which the conductor, according to the DSCH Journal, proved
Read more himself to be 'unquestionably outstanding'... The list could go on, with the general verdict being that the cycle has offered constantly interesting and often thought-provoking interpretations and striking performances. Wigglesworth started his traversal with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, recording Symphonies Nos 5, 6, 7, 10 and 14 with that orchestra, and in 2005 moved across the English Channel to continue the project with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the Dutch ensemble that on this last instalment of the series perform the First and the Fifteenth, the alpha and omega of a symphonic production that spans almost 50 years of the composer's life and more than perhaps any other body of musical works reflects world events – the Communist revolution, World War II, Stalinist oppression – and their creator's reactions to them.
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
2. Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; USSR 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: II. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: III. Lento
Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: I. Allegretto
Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: III. Allegretto
Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: IV. Adagio

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