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Rostropovich Conducts Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
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Notes & Reviews:

Saying goodbye to Shostakovich, shortly before I left Russia, was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do... These symphonies mark 15 stages in our lives. The emotional history of our country, my history, his history, our history... That is why this project is so important to me." - Mstislav Rostropovich "He demands just the right weight of sound. With him, there are no intermediate sounds in the orchestra, no grey sounds." - Shostakovich on Rostropovich

"At his best, [Rostropovich] gives us readings of great emotional clout, full of subjective touches perhaps but intent on communicating musical as well as quasi-political messages." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923-25.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1945.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1927.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1929.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 64 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Running Time: 44 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1939.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1939

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1961.
  • Running Time: 39 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1961

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941.
  • Running Time: 70 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1941

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1943.
  • Running Time: 60 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1953.
  • Running Time: 55 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1957.
  • Running Time: 68 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1957

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
  • Performer: Nicola Vocals] (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Running Time: 61 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
  • Performers: Mark Reshetin (Bass); Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1969.
  • Running Time: 50 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Running Time: 44 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1971