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Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Royal PO

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was premiered in Leningrad on 21 November 1937 and was the composer's response to Pravda's earlier denunciation of his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, which had so offended Stalin a year earlier.

They symphony was dubbed "the creative reply of a Soviet artist to justified criticism", while the composer described the theme of his Symphony as "the making of a man".

The Penguin Guide
Ashkenazy's account of Shostakovich's most popular symphony is an exceptionally searching and intense reading, bitingly dramatic, yet finding an element of wry humor in the second and fourth movements to outshine any rival. Ashkenazy conveys in the slow movement's sparseness a rare sense of desolation, hushed and refined, with the woodwind solos adding to the chill... demonstration sound quality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Walthamstow Assembly Hall.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 47 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960