Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies / Rostropovich

Release Date: 7/31/2020
Catalog Number: 546076
Number of Discs: 12

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$39.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Composed over a period of nearly 50 years, Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies are astonishingly diverse in conception and expression, reflecting the composer’s personal experiences, the history of the 20th century and the tensions and struggles of an artist under the Soviet regime. These recordings fulfil a promise that Mstislav Rostropovich made to the composer, a close and long-standing friend, before he left Russia as an exile in 1974. “These symphonies mark fifteen stages in our lives,” he said. “The emotional history of our country, my history, his history, our history.”

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REVIEW:

The pluses and minuses of this cycle are easy to summarize. The performances with the LSO (specifically, Nos. 10 and 15), are not particularly interesting, nor are they all that well recorded. All the rest are pretty excellent, especially the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and above all, the harrowing Fourteenth. Rostropovich is never less than earnest, but there are times where he just needs to be more exciting, more raw. That said, among complete cycles, this is still one of the better options, and these performances are miles ahead of the conductor’s incredibly dull and droopy LSO remakes on that orchestra’s own label. Very recommendable, then, on the whole, even if you can do better in a couple individual works.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 14 "To October" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; USSR
2. Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924-1925 ; USSR
3. Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USSR
4. Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936 ; USSR
5. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USSR
6. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USSR
7. Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961 ; USSR
8. Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; USSR
9. Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; 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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USSR
12. Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Nicolai Ghiuselev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962 ; USSR
13. Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1969 ; USSR
14. Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ; USSR
15. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 20 "First of May" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; USSR
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