Shostakovich: The Symphonies / Wigglesworth

Release Date: 6/4/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2593
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Number of Discs: 10

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Mark Wigglesworth recorded his cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies between 1996 and 2010, collaborating with two different orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In spite of the long gestation and the change of orchestra midway, the cycle was described as one never ‘compromising its particular characteristics of high seriousness, fine detailing and a certain fierceness of articulation’ (Gramophone). Already the first instalment – Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad’ – raised expectations, for instance with the reviewer in The Sunday Telegraph: ‘There is plenty of competition among Shostakovich cycles, but this one will deserve serious consideration.’ And 17 years later, on the release of the final album, The Guardian could report that ‘Wigglesworth's cycle emerges as one of the finest of recent time’. What particularly impressed reviewers was Mark Wigglesworth’s faithfulness to the score and sharp ear for detail, and the structural clarity he achieved even with the most complex works – without sacrificing any of their impact and emotional power.

 

Works on This Recording
1. I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1925 ;
3. I. Allegretto - by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1929 ;
4. I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1936 ;
5. I. Moderato by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Written: 1937 ;
6. I. Largo by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Written: 1939 ;
7. I. Allegretto by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Written: 1941 ;
8. I. Adagio by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1943 ;
9. I. Allegro by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1945 ;
10. I. De profundis: Adagio by Dmitry Shostakovich
Performer: Joan Rodgers (Soprano), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Written: 1969 ;
11. I. Moderato by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Written: 1953 ;
12. Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112, "The Year of 1917" by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1961 ;
13. Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141 by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1971 ;
14. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113, "Babi Yar" by Dmitry Shostakovich
Performer: Jan-Hendrick Rootering (Bass)
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1962 ;
15. Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905" by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Written: 1957 ;
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