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Shostakovich: Symphonies No 7 & 11 / Berglund, Bournemouth


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73839   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are Shostakovich's two largest, purely instrumental "program" symphonies in a handy two-for-the-price-of-one package. Paavo Berglund's 1974 recording of the Seventh gains a modicum of warmth and presence in its latest remastering, although its full-priced, single-disc predecessor still sounds fine. It's a very well played performance, lacking only the raw-nerve edge and sonic impact I've grown to enjoy in later versions from Bernstein, Järvi, Kondrashin, and Masur. By contrast, Berglund unravels the Eleventh's epic canvas with a keen ear for dramatic flair and beguiling detail. The engineering packs quite a wallop, with pulverizing brass and percussion, and the Bournemouth musicians play as if there were no tommorow. This extraordinary Read more performance was originally coupled with an equally red-hot Shostakovich Sixth from these forces. Let's hope it resurfaces soon.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  Giuldhall, Southampton, England 
Length: 73 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  Guildhall, Southampton, England 
Length: 66 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.60 (Leningrad) (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Allegretto
Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.60 (Leningrad) (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.60 (Leningrad) (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.60 (Leningrad) (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905' Op. 103 (2000 Digital Remaster): Tha Palace Square (Adagio)
Symphony No. 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905' Op. 103 (2000 Digital Remaster): 9 January (Allegro)
Symphony No. 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905' Op. 103 (2000 Digital Remaster): In memoriam (Adagio)
Symphony No. 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905' Op. 103 (2000 Digital Remaster): The Tocsin (Allegro non troppo)

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