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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 / Gergiev

Album Summary

>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
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Valery Gergiev continues his acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle with his sixth release, a two SACD set featuring Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6. Shostakovich's symphonies are often emotionally powerful and the three symphonies performed here are a particularly compelling and riveting combination. Without doubt, the tortuous difficulty of adhering to vaguely articulated political dictates shaped the evolution of Shostakovich's music. Yet it is his sophisticated employment of musical codes that enabled him to maintain his creative integrity. These works are a superb illustration of his ability to toe the line deftly between political acclamation and condemnation.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The SACD sound is impressive in its projection of the depth and subtlety of the orchestra's playing. Details are beautifully captured without sticking out garishly - it's all there. I am so pleased to see that, while the rest of the music business has moved on, so many of the classical recording companies have the good sense to stick with the SACD format. Its state-of- the-art sound. I'm looking forward to hearing where the future installments take us.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, R.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (06/24/2013-06/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 59 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (2012-06-05&2012-06-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 45 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (2013-06-21&2013-06-23&2013-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1939
  • Studio/Live: Live