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Shostakovich: Symphony no 11 / Pletnev, et al

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In his Memoirs, first published in the USA in 1979, Shostakovich wrote of the Eleventh Symphony "Although I named it 'The Year 1905', it refers to the year 1957. It's about the people who have lost their belief because the chalice of misdeeds had overflowed" In reality, under the cloak of the happenings in 1905, Shostakovich had levelled coded criticism at the Soviet aggression against Hungary in 1956 which lead to the violent putting down of the uprising. Perhaps it's best to ignore this question and simply accept the work as a more universal "commemoration to the victims of oppression everywhere." In this live recording which gets an extra dimension from the DSD surround technique the tension throughout is palpable. "With its epic scale and vivid cinematographic imagery, Shostakovich's Eleventh particularly benefits from the extra adrenalin that flows from a live performance. Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra pack a mighty punch in the finale, projecting the stream of revolutionary songs that jostle with each other for prominence with unbridled vehemence. The brilliant recording accommodates the seemingly relentless wave of aggression from the orchestra's brass and percussion section with chilling immediacy." -BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine
With its epic scale and vivid cinematographic imagery, Shostakovich's Eleventh particularly benefits from the extra adrenalin that flows from a live performance. ... Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra... pack a mighty punch in the finale, projecting the stream of revolutionary songs that jostle with each other for prominence with unbridled vehemence. The brilliant recording accommodates the seemingly relentless wave of aggression from the orchestra's brass and percussion section with chilling immediacy.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 11 in G minor, Op. 103 "Year 1905"
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1957.
  • Running Time: 61 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1957
  • Studio/Live: Live