Notes & Reviews:
"The performance is one of the finest I have ever heard of anything.The emotion is raw and real. Compared to others this is a recording that has all the difference between looking at a photo of Antarctica and actually walking out on the icepacks. Something tracially dangerous was given voice that night at the Barbican and is now bottled up, none too safely I imagine, on this LSO Live CD." - ClassicsToday.com
Rostropovich's way with the sorrowful passacaglia, and especially its final glimpse of the pale dawn of the finale, is intensely moving.
BBC Music Magazine
The most overwhelming performance; could musical expression possibly go further?
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2006 H&B Recordings Direct Catalog
American Classics - Harris: Symphonies no 7 & 9 / Kuchar
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Colin Davis, London SO
Foerster: Symphony no 4, etc / Friedel, Slovak Radio SO
Alwyn: Symphonies no 1 & 3 / Lloyd-Jones, et al
Alwyn: Symphony no 4, Sinfonietta / Lloyd-Jones, et al
Karlowicz: Returning Waves, etc / Noseda, BBC PO
Hummel: Mass in D minor, etc / Hickox, Gritton, et al
Shostakovich: Symphony no 8 / Wigglesworth, Netherlands RPO
Works DetailsShostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
- Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
- Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Barbican Hall, London, England (11/03/2004-11/04/2004)
- Running Time: 68 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1943