- Shostakovich — Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", Op. 60: I. War (allegretto)
- Shostakovich — Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", Op. 60: II. Memories (moderato, poco allegretto)
- Shostakovich — Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", Op. 60: III. My Native Field (adagio)
- Shostakovich — Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", Op. 60: IV. Victory (allegro non troppo)
Notes & Reviews:
Released for the first time in the West, a very rare and remastered recording of Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony. Recordings of famed Soviet conductor Konstantin Ivanov are rare and highly coveted as Ivanov preferred public performance to recording, and those recordings he did make rarely made their way to the West. Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony is one of his most enduring works, seen as a resistance piece to the Nazi invasion of Eastern Europe. It is still regularly performed at the Leningrad Cemetary in memory of the millions who lost their lives in the war.
But with Gilels and Rostropovich on their recent London visit was a new figure, the distinguished Soviet conductor Konstantin Ivanov. I gathered that he is not in love with the gramophone. I hardly needed an interpreter as he made the contrasting gestures of the ardent violinist inspired in performance ('it's the public that electrifies conductor and orchestra'): and the methodical fingers of an engineer snipping a tape, representing the 'manufactured' side of gramophone recording. So, although he is chief conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, he has made few records (none in current British catalogues). 'If only,' he said, 'they could perfect a technique of recording an actual concert!
Recording information: Studio 1, Moscow Radio (1962).
ReviewsThere are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Borodin: Symphony No. 2; Polovtsian Dances; In the Steppes of Central Asia / Ole Schmidt, Royal PO
Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies 1-6 / Ole Schmidt, London SO
Purcell: Anthems for the Chapel Royal / Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Peter Breiner); Songs and Dances of Death; The Nursery
Strauss: Complete Orchestral Works / Rudolf Kempe; Ulf Hoelscher, Paul Tortelier, Peter Damm, Malcolm Frager, Peter Rosel
Great Moments of Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall - taken from recitals 1951-1978
Movie Magic: Epics & Westerns - Screen Themes in 32-bit digital sound / Carl Davis, Royal PO
Russian Cello Sonatas by Boris Tchaikovsky; Sergei Chebotarev; Alfred Schnittke / Marina Tarasova, cello; Irina Kandinsky, piano
Mozart: "Gran Partita" Wind Serenade; Le Nozze di Figaro; Così fan tutte / London Mozart Players Wind Ens.
Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
- Conductor: Constantin Ivanov
- Ensemble: USSR State Symphony
- Notes: Composition written: 1941.
- Running Time: 71 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1941