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Shostakovich: Symphonies no 1 & 6 / Jurowski, et al

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> Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
> Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - II. Allegro
> Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - III. Lento - Largo
> Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - IV. Allegro molto - Largo - Piu mosso - Presto
> Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54 - I. Largo
> Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54 - II. Allegro
> Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54 - III. Presto

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the second release in the symphony cycle started in the Shostakovich year 2006 by PentaTone together with the Russian National Orchestra and its conductors. This album is conducted by the Orchestras Principle Guest Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. The first album of Jurowski with the RNO (PTE PTC5186061) received rave reviews from the press. Hugh Canning in Sunday Times wrote: The performances are a consistent delight, and Jurowski is proving himself one of the rising podium starts, especially in his native Russian music.

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
From the Netherlands-based outcrop of the old Philips label comes an exceptional coupling of the masterly, youthful F minor symphony... and the comparatively neglected No. 6. Jurowski brings an awesome majesty to the powerful, Mahlerian funeral march of the sixth... and his RNO is simply dazzling in the high jinks of the scherzo passages in both works... this shouldn't be missed.

Gramophone Magazine
While both performances are excellent, the Sixth receives the more remarkable interpretation. The second movement is a fierce whirlwind outpacing even Mravinsky... Perhaps there have been more exhilarating finales but this one has grace as well as the necessary vulgarity. All in all a remarkable achievement.

BBC Music Magazine
Vladimir Jurowski is... surely the most rounded Shostakovich interpreter to have emerged for many years, holding the balance between brooding song and headlong dance in perfect equilibrium.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Russian National Orchestra's relatively lean, frosty sonority, only partly a product of divided violins, is presented with outstanding fidelity in a spacious acoustic. While both performances are excellent, the Sixth receives the more remarkable interpretation. Here Shostakovich can be Beethovenian in his allocation of seemingly unworkable metronome marks and most conductors blunt his excesses. Leonard Bernstein, one of the few to give credence to the Largo's broad opening indication of quaver=72, makes the Scherzo into something ambivalent and dogged, a more 'logical' transition to the Presto finale than the composer seems to intend. Yevgeny Mravinsky, altogether brisker in that Scherzo, attempts to articulate its substance at dotted crochet=144 (the dot missing from my score can reasonably be inferred). Only this comes after a first movement incontrovertibly more fluid than quaver=72.

It's Jurowski who proves the most faithful, almost too dour as the argument gets underway, yet potently conveying the near-paralysis at its heart. The second movement is a fierce whirlwind outpacing even Mravinsky, a gambit that only occasionally sounds like a gabble. Perhaps there have been more exhilarating finales but this one has grace as well as the necessary vulgarity. All in all a remarkable achievement.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923-25.
  • Running Time: 33 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1925

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1939.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1939