Notes & Reviews:
It is hard to escape the incredible pull of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, knowing the background to its composition and its general significance. Shostakovich began to work on the actual composition in July 1941 in Leningrad, where he wrote the first three movements whilst under constant attack from the enemy; after his evacuation from the city besieged by German troops, he completed the finale and the instrumentation in Kuibyschev in December 1941. "Even before the war, hardly a family could be found in Leningrad that had not suffered [personal] loss... Everyone had someone to mourn... I had to turn it into music. I felt it was my duty and obligation... (Extract from 'The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich') This recording features Paavo Järvi conducting the Russian National Orchestra, the first Russian ensemble ever to take home a Grammy®.
Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Järvi and his engineers offer ruthless clarity and precision, exposing a rogue E flat clarinet with a flash of the theme at one point (never heard that before) and lacerating flutter-tongued trumpets as the shock and awe peaks... there is no denying the excellence of the playing.
BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
Paavo JSrvi's Leningrad is the opposite of his father's 1988 epic with the Scottish National Orchestra - light, laconic and sonically lean where Neeme's recording was spectacularly big in every way.
Recording information: Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia (02/2014).
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Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
- Conductor: Paavo Järvi
- Notes: Composition written: 1941.
- Running Time: 72 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1941