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Composed at the height of War World II, the symphony is one of Shostakovich's most dramatic and includes frightening climaxes early on combined with awesome orchestral effects, ferocious scherzos, a mournful passacaglia slow movement and a shell-shocked Finale. The exhausted coda allows for the merest glimmer of hope. "Gergiev's reading is remarkable for its concentration with the massive span of the first movement held firmly together, leading to towering climaxes." - Penguin Guide
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Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: Kirov Theater Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1943.
- Running Time: 62 min. 39 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1943