Notes & Reviews:
Valery Gergiev continues his Shostakovich symphony cycle with the release of the Symphony No.8. The work, imbued with a deep sense of sorrow and fear, is considered to be one of the composer's finest scores. The authorities expected a victorious anthem in light of the Nazi retreat, but Shostakovich appeared too affected by the casualties and ruin of the war. The New York Times recently hailed Gergiev for demonstrating, "a powerfully intuitive connection to these works and a keen ear for the intricacies of Shostakovich's musical voice."
The New York Times
A powerfully intuitive connection to these works and a keen ear for the intricacies of Shostakovich's musical voice.
Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, R (2011-06-15&2011-06-17&2012-).
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Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
- Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (2011-06-15&2011-06-17&2012-)
- Running Time: 65 min. 36 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1943