Shostakovich: Symphonies [Box Set]

Shostakovich: Symphonies [Box Set]

by Rudolf Barshai
     
 

Even if you have the Kondrashin and the Rozhdestvensky complete cycles, even if you have every recording by Mravinsky and every Maxim Shostakovich recording, you'll still have to admit that this complete cycle of the symphonies of DmitrySee more details below

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Even if you have the Kondrashin and the Rozhdestvensky complete cycles, even if you have every recording by Mravinsky and every Maxim Shostakovich recording, you'll still have to admit that this complete cycle of the symphonies of Dmitry Shostakovich with Rudolf Barshai conducting the WDR Sinfonieorchester is, far and away, the single greatest Shostakovich cycle. Barshai was a violist who gave the premieres of several of Shostakovich's string quartets and was also a close personal and musical friend of Shostakovich for many years, and his performances have the overwhelming conviction of the true believer. But better than that, they have the humility to be merely the instrument through which the music passes. The effect is extraordinarily affecting. One gets the sense of old Mitya sitting there in the room with you, telling the story of his life through his intimate, ironic, lyrical, monumental, dramatic, epic, excruciating, and ultimately despairing music. In other words, if you can have only one cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies, make it Barshai. Brilliant's sound lives up to its name.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Brilliant Classics
UPC:
0842977063240
catalogNumber:
6324
Rank:
377423

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  2. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 20 (The First of May)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  4. Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  5. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  6. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  7. Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 (Leningrad)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  8. Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  9. Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  10. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  11. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (The Year 1905)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  12. Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 (The Year 1917 - in Memory of Lenin)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne
  13. Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Sergey Aleksashkin  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne  -  Moscow Choral Academy
  14. Symphony No. 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne  - Wilhelm Kuchelbecker  - Federico García Lorca  - Rainer Maria Rilke  - Vladimir Vaneev  - Alla Simoni
  15. Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Westdeutschen Rundfunk-Orchester, Cologne

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