This set includes a bonus disc of Yevgeny Mravinsky's live, legendary 1954 World Premiere performance of the Symphony No. 10
However committed you are to any other interpretation, Maxim Shostakovich's reading of the Fifth demands to be heard.
Mravinsky’s live recording of the Eighth is of capital importance and demands to be heard: the Leningrad audience is struck dumb by it.
A superb performance of the Eleventh with excellent sound makes Rostropovich's reading a benchmark recording. Shostakovich fans ignore this release at their peril!
– MusicWeb Internaional
So it’s significant that Kondrashin's recording of the Thirteenth is once again available, especially in such a memorably intense performance.
Kondrashin's superbly vivid Fifteenth, generally hard-driven à la Mravinsky is here far more convincingly poised.