Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43


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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43


Orchestre National De Belgique, Yuri Simonov

The story of Shostakovich' Fourth Symphony stands as one of the darkest chapters in the cultural history of Stalinism; there was a lapse of twenty-five years between its completion and its belated first performance. In 1935, Shostakovich was a happy and successful young composer, at the peak of his creative powers. He then planned a new symphony he wanted to be greater and deeper than any previous one he had written; choosing a colossal scoring, he conceived a one hour-long triptych in his boldest and most revolutionary idiom. On 28th January 1936 was published the infamous article Chaos instead of music which condemned in the most violent terms the Opera Lady Macbeth de Mtzensk of the Russian composer; for many month, Shostakovich feared for his life but went on working on his symphony. It was only the Khrushchevian "thaw" that made the first performance of this Fourth Symphony at last possible on the 30th December 1961 at the Moscow Philharmonic.

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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Live from the Salle Pleyel, Paris 2013/14


Shostakovich:

Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Veronika Dzhioeva (soprano - No. 14), Mikhail Petrenko (bass - Nos. 13 & 14)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

Mario Brunello (cello)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Timur Martynov (trumpet)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

Alena Baeva (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Vadim Repin (violin)


Nobody is better suited to undertake such a challenge than Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra. Over a period of a year all 15 Symphonies and 6 Concertos have been recorded at Salle Pleyel in Paris. What an adventure for the artists and the big production team! Never before in the history of television has something like this been undertaken including the very first “Ring” for television at Bayreuth.

Dmitri Shostakovich is arguably one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. To understand his music one needs to see it in the context of his life, his social environment, the political situation, the unbelievable brutality with which the Communist Party enforced its ideological credo and the subtle ways with which Shostakovich succeeded in combining his innermost thoughts with the demands of Socialist Realism. He was a man of many faces. And beyond any doubt Dmitri Shostakovich was a musical genius.

Special Features:

The Shostakovich Cycle includes introductions for each symphony and concerto by Valery Gergiev.

The fascinating documentary “Dmitri Shostakovich – A Man of Many Faces” explores the life and work of the composer based on rare archive footage and interviews. A comprehensive book with particularised texts about each symphony and concerto provides deep insights into life and work of Dmitri Shostakovich. And the Play Music Only Function is available to experience Shostakovich’s wonderful music nonstop!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: English (Original Language, Symphonies subtitled), German, French, Korean, Japanese (Symphonies, Introductions, Documentary)

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Running Time: ca. 970 mins Symphonies & Concertos / ca. 56 mins Introductions / 56 mins Documentary

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“Most successful are young violinist Alena Baeva, who gives a sensitive and appropriately fiery performance of Violin Concerto…all the symphonies are given excellent, sometimes outstanding performances, with superb soloists…in Nos 13 and 14” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 ****

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Shostakovich - The War Symphonies

Shostakovich - The War Symphonies


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70


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“There isn't a dead bar or an under-articulated phrase in Gergiev's Shostakovich.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009

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Shostakovich: The Great Symphonies: 4 ,5, 7, 8, 10 & 15

Shostakovich: The Great Symphonies: 4 ,5, 7, 8, 10 & 15


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

West German Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR), Rudolf Barshai

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich

The Gadfly (excerpts)

London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Konstantin Ivanov

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yevgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich

Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

The Moscow Philharmony, Kyril Kondrashin

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

David Oistrakh (violin)

The Moscow Philharmony, Kyril Kondrashin


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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Live from the Salle Pleyel, Paris 2013/14


Shostakovich:

Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Veronika Dzhioeva (soprano - No. 14), Mikhail Petrenko (bass - Nos. 13 & 14)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

Mario Brunello (cello)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Timur Martynov (trumpet)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

Alena Baeva (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Vadim Repin (violin)


Nobody is better suited to undertake such a challenge than Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra. Over a period of a year all 15 Symphonies and 6 Concertos have been recorded at Salle Pleyel in Paris. What an adventure for the artists and the big production team! Never before in the history of television has something like this been undertaken including the very first “Ring” for television at Bayreuth.

Dmitri Shostakovich is arguably one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. To understand his music one needs to see it in the context of his life, his social environment, the political situation, the unbelievable brutality with which the Communist Party enforced its ideological credo and the subtle ways with which Shostakovich succeeded in combining his innermost thoughts with the demands of Socialist Realism. He was a man of many faces. And beyond any doubt Dmitri Shostakovich was a musical genius.

Special Features:

The Shostakovich Cycle includes introductions for each symphony and concerto by Valery Gergiev.

The fascinating documentary “Dmitri Shostakovich – A Man of Many Faces” explores the life and work of the composer based on rare archive footage and interviews. A comprehensive book with particularised texts about each symphony and concerto provides deep insights into life and work of Dmitri Shostakovich. And the Play Music Only Function is available to experience Shostakovich’s wonderful music nonstop!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: English (Original Language, Symphonies subtitled), German, French, Korean, Japanese (Symphonies, Introductions, Documentary)

DVD Format: 8 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: ca. 970 mins Symphonies & Concertos / ca. 56 mins Introductions / 56 mins Documentary

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“Most successful are young violinist Alena Baeva, who gives a sensitive and appropriately fiery performance of Violin Concerto…all the symphonies are given excellent, sometimes outstanding performances, with superb soloists…in Nos 13 and 14” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 ****

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Simon Rattle conducts Russian Music

Simon Rattle conducts Russian Music


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

orch. Glazunov & Rimsky-Korsakov

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Gubaidulina:

Zeitgestalten

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Andrei Gavrilov (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Cecile Ousset (piano)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Cecile Ousset (piano)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Symphony No. 14 in G minor, Op. 135

Karita Mattila (soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (bass)


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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)


Marina Poplavskaya (soprano), Mikhail Davidov (baritone) & Pavel Kudinov (baritone)

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Oleg Caetani

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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)


Alexander Vinogradov (bass) & Gal James (soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became Chief Conductor. He is also Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and 2012, and works regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Russian National, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony [Naxos 8570568] (2009 Classic FM/Gramophone Orchestral Recording of the Year) and other orchestral works, Elgar’s Symphony No. 1, Shostakovich’s complete symphonies, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Symphonies and complete Piano Concertos.

Each release of Vasily Petrenko’s cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra created a sensation between volume 1 in 2009 and the final installment in 2014.

The individual recordings remain a leading choice amongst collectors and critics, with for instance the Eighth Symphony (8572392) selected as top recommendation by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ programme in November 2013.

Our box set collections always do well, but this is guaranteed to be at the top of many a Christmas wish list.

There are numerous complete sets of Shostakovich’s remarkable symphonic achievement, but critical acclaim for these recordings has seen this particular set become a modern market leader.

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