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Shostakovich: All Symphonies - 110th Anniversary Album / Various artists

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20
>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
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dmitri Shostakovich's creations constitute a musical chronicle of the epoch. What we hear in his music is something that continues to alarm minds and souls of millions of people. His fifteen symphonies captured not only the great musician's evolution - as if the entire 20th century with its great discoveries and perturbations, unprecedented progress and terrifying catastrophes breathes in their scores. These are unique documents of human spirit that will stay with us for good to tell us about their time, to stir heated theoretical and aesthetic disputes, to give us a reason for very different interpretations, and to command our admiration or sharp rejection. Firma Melodiya presents the first project dedicated to Shostakovich's anniversary year - a set of the composer's symphonies performed by the greatest masters of the Soviet conducting school and brightest interpreters of Shostakovich's music - Evgeny Mravinsky, Kirill Kondrashin, Evgeny Svetlanov and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The set also includes recordings made by Konstantin Ivanov, a predecessor of Evgeny Svetlanov as chief conductor of the country's principal orchestra - the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, a successor of Evgeny Mravinsky, a great representative of the St. Petersburg conducting school; Rudolf Barshai, a founder of the first Soviet chamber orchestra and the one who inspired Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony; and Maxim Shostakovich, the composer's son who presented the world premiere of the last, Fifteenth Symphony. The live and studio recordings of Shostakovich's symphonies were made by Firma Melodiya from 1961 to 1984. The studio recording is peculiar for the fact it was realized shortly after the world premiere in the presence and under supervision of the composer. An unconfirmed legend among the former members of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra has it that the recording was to be erased together with the other ones after Maxim Shostakovich defected from the Soviet Union. However, it survived among the Melodiya phonograms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (01/26/1973); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (01/26/1973); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (01/27/1972); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (01/27/1972); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (02/25/1961); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (02/25/1961); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (10/06/1969); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (10/06/1969); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1965); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1965); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1966); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1966); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1967); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1967); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1968); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1968); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1972); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1972); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1977); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1977); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1983); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1983); Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1984); Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (1984).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Lennigrad Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923-25.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1927.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1929.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 4 in C minor, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 59 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 46 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky
  • Ensemble: Russian State Choral Chapel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1939.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1939
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941.
  • Running Time: 74 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1941

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
  • Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1943.
  • Running Time: 58 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1945.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1953.
  • Running Time: 51 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
  • Conductor: Konstantin Ivanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1957.
  • Running Time: 47 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1957

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1961.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1961

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar"
  • Performer: Arthur Eisen
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Running Time: 53 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
  • Performers: Mark Reshetin (Bass); Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Notes: Composition written: 1969.
  • Running Time: 44 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
  • Conductor: Maxim Shostakovich
  • Running Time: 41 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1971