Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 [Includes DVD]

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 [Includes DVD]

by Bernard Haitink
     
 

A longtime champion of Shostakovich's music, Bernard Haitink leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a fiery performance of the great composer's Fourth Symphony. It is often the case that great art emerges through great suffering. In Shostakovich's Soviet Union, under the shadow of Stalin, music was essential - it expressed the ideas and feelings of a people that…  See more details below

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A longtime champion of Shostakovich's music, Bernard Haitink leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a fiery performance of the great composer's Fourth Symphony. It is often the case that great art emerges through great suffering. In Shostakovich's Soviet Union, under the shadow of Stalin, music was essential - it expressed the ideas and feelings of a people that otherwise had no voice. Yet Shostakovich's dark and emotional Fourth Symphony lay dormant, unperformed, for twenty-five years after its completion. This stunning work is now recognized as one of the composer's boldest and most brilliant scores. Accompanying the audio CD is a free bonus DVD of one of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's critically acclaimed Beyond the Score® performances featuring a multimedia Shostakovich documentary led by Creative Director Gerard McBurney. The program features newsreels and testimonies, including the words of Shostakovich and his friends. Beyond the Score® brings to life not only the music, but also the social and political world from which it emerged. From the Label

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Druckenbrod
All the hallmarks of the august orchestra are present in this live recording: transparent textures, soaring strings, potent brass and energetic percussion. Haitink's ken for large-scale tension leads to commanding, crunchy climaxes that arrive with the appearance of spontaneity.
BBC Music Magazine - David Nice
You never get less than a focused and structurally sound interpretation from Bernard Haitink.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Cso Resound
UPC:
0810449018142
catalogNumber:
901814
Rank:
69305

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  1. Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Bernard Haitink

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