Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 [Includes DVD]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The last of Dmitry Shostakovich's youthful, experimental symphonies, the "Symphony No. 4" 1935-1936 marked a critical turning point, for its modernist tendencies provoked a hostile article in Pravda, thought to have been written by Stalin himself to intimidate the composer. Because of this rebuke, the symphony was withdrawn from performance and not played again until 1961, so due to its comparatively late absorption in the repertoire, it is one of the least played of Shostakovich's symphonies. Yet this is one of his most gripping scores, full of volatile expressions and memorable ideas, and its expansive form, caustic themes, complex developments, and wide emotional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The last of Dmitry Shostakovich's youthful, experimental symphonies, the "Symphony No. 4" 1935-1936 marked a critical turning point, for its modernist tendencies provoked a hostile article in Pravda, thought to have been written by Stalin himself to intimidate the composer. Because of this rebuke, the symphony was withdrawn from performance and not played again until 1961, so due to its comparatively late absorption in the repertoire, it is one of the least played of Shostakovich's symphonies. Yet this is one of his most gripping scores, full of volatile expressions and memorable ideas, and its expansive form, caustic themes, complex developments, and wide emotional range make it comparable in many ways to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, on which it was partly modeled. Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present this masterpiece in the CSO Resound line, and the results are breathtaking in this transparent audiophile recording. Haitink's long career of conducting Shostakovich puts him among the most authoritative interpreters, and he leads the orchestra with assurance through the work's mercurial moods and carefully guides it through treacherous technical difficulties, perhaps most impressively in the fugal flurries of the first movement's Presto section. The sound throughout is detailed, yet also spacious, so listeners have all the advantages of one without losing the other, and the crisp lines stand out all the more because of the depth of the reproduction. The symphony is paired with a bonus DVD, which features a documentary on Shostakovich, Is Music Dangerous?, with narrator Gerard McBurney and actor Nicholas Rudall, and excerpts from the CSO's performance of the "Symphony No. 4."
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.

You never get less than a focused and structurally sound interpretation from Bernard Haitink.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Cso Resound
  • UPC: 810449018142
  • Catalog Number: 901814
  • Sales rank: 195,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (70:31)
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Bernard Haitink Primary Artist
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