Rostropovich conducts Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies

Rostropovich conducts Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies

by Mstislav Rostropovich
     
 

As the 15 symphonies of Dmitry Shostakovich grow in stature with the passage of time, the increasing number of complete recordings attests to their lasting significance. As a friend of the composer and a conductor of considerable artistic merit, if not always the greatest technical skill, Mstislav Rostropovich has been regarded asSee more details below

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As the 15 symphonies of Dmitry Shostakovich grow in stature with the passage of time, the increasing number of complete recordings attests to their lasting significance. As a friend of the composer and a conductor of considerable artistic merit, if not always the greatest technical skill, Mstislav Rostropovich has been regarded as one of the most authoritative interpreters of the symphonies, and the set of his performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow is often recommended. Rostropovich's handling of an orchestra may not have been consistent, but his musical virtues far outweigh his few faults, and most of his performances in this cycle equal the best of other conductors. These recordings, made between 1989 and 1997, were released as separate CDs and as a box set by Teldec in 1998, and the reissue by Warner restores these long out-of-print performances to the catalog. As is inevitable in a package of this scope, the audio quality of the recordings varies somewhat between the performances, the different orchestras, and the changes of venue, but Rostropovich's commitment to the music holds the set together, and the high quality of expression and execution count more than the vagaries of reproduction.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646417728
catalogNumber:
64177
Rank:
4322

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  2. Symphony No. 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Wilhelm Kuchelbecker  - Federico García Lorca  - Rainer Maria Rilke  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Joan Pemberton Smith  - Galina Vishnevskaya  - Mark Reshetin  - Mark Millington  - M. Kudinov  - T. Silman  - I. Tynyanova  - A. Geleskula  -  Members of the Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow
  3. Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Nicola Ghiuselev  - Federico García Lorca  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Valeria Vlazinskaya  - Yevgeny Yevtushenko  - Mark Millington  -  Men of the Choral Arts Society of Washington
  4. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (The Year 1905)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  5. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  6. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  7. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  8. Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 (The Year 1917 - in Memory of Lenin)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  9. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  10. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  11. Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  12. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington  - Richard Bannerman  - Alexander Bezymensky
  13. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  London Symphony Orchestra  -  London Voices  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington  - Semen Isaakovich Kirsanov
  14. Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington
  15. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  National Symphony Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mark Millington

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