Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies by Legendary Russian Conductors

Release Date: 10/9/2020
Label: Alto
Catalog Number: 3143
Number of Discs: 12

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes a bonus disc of Yevgeny Mravinsky's live, legendary 1954 World Premiere performance of the Symphony No. 10

 

REVIEW:

 

However committed you are to any other interpretation, Maxim Shostakovich's reading of the Fifth demands to be heard.

 

– Gramophone)

 


Mravinsky’s live recording of the Eighth is of capital importance and demands to be heard: the Leningrad audience is struck dumb by it.

 

– Gramophone


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.

 

– Gramophone

 


Kondrashin's superbly vivid Fifteenth, generally hard-driven à la Mravinsky is here far more convincingly poised.

 

– Gramophone

Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924-1925 ; USSR
2. Symphony No. 2, 'To October' in B, Op. 14 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
Written: 1927 ;
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; USSR
4. Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wdr Sinfonieorchester
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936 ; USSR
5. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USSR
6. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USSR
7. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Konstantin Ivanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; USSR
8. 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
9. Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USSR
10. Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; USSR
11. Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USSR
12. Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961 ; USSR
13. Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962 ; USSR
14. Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1969 ; USSR
15. Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USSR
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