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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).
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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