Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

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Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Symphony No. 5


Shostakovich:

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

Xavier Phillips (cello)

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


Les Dissonances, David Grimal

Les Dissonances made its first recordings for Ambroise-Naïve, the critical success of which led to the birth of its own label in March 2014.

To celebrate its 10 anniversary, the orchestra’s new Shostakovich album, recorded live at the Opéra de Dijon, is presented complete with an extended tribute piece by Xavier Phillips in memory of his mentor, Mstislav Rostropovich, dedicatee of Shostakovich’s two cello concertos. It follows the label’s high production and design values, offering the disc as part of a hardbound book containing detailed programme notes, Phillips’ essay, artist biographies and monochrome photographs.

"My memories are of an immensely gifted pedagogue, whose advice could be very diverse in nature. With me his approach wasn’t really focused on the instrumental dimension. It was above all a way of talking about music, with images, impressions, sensations, anecdotes. He shed new light, he showed you things, he made you think". Xavier Phillips

“Chamber music writ large is certainly what we get from principal cellist Xavier Phillips, soloist in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto…there are many strong, unique features, starting with a peerless oboe solo that is given space to manoeuvre. The other woodwind shine and the strings in the slow movement build from vibrato-free antique style to as intense a climax as any I’ve heard” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ***

“an interesting – and often transparent – approach to both the symphony and the concerto, well worth sampling, certainly if you normally find Shostakovich’s bigger-scale music excessively dark or overbearing” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Les Dissonances, with Xavier Phillips in the concerto, perform Shostakovich with intelligence and spirit providing an excellent performance which does its players credit.” MusicWeb International, 18th November 2016

“This brings out the best of his playing, he is extremely refined and has a wonderful depth and purity to his sound.” Record Review, 31st December 2016

“the performance is full of artfully paced crescendos, and there is convincing momentum and drama here even if the interpretation is ultimately less gruelling than some.” The Guardian, 10th November 2016 ****

“this performance by Xavier Phillips speaks of connection and profound understanding. He performs with the excellent self-directing French ensemble Les Dissonance and there is a gripping synergy in the hard-hitting energy of the opening movement, languid lyricism of the second and the haranguing grotesquerie of the finale.” The Scotsman, 8th November 2016

Dissonances Records - LD009

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Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

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

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: Introduction And Night Patrol

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: Funeral March

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: Flourish And Dance Music

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: The Hunt

Ophelia's Song (from Hamlet, Op. 32)

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: Cradle Song

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a: Requiem


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in fall 2015 he was announced as Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, commencing in the 2017/18 season. With both appointments, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, Andris Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.

Andris Nelsons even though he is only in his mid 30ies has had a long journey with Shostakovich. He is one of the last conductors of his generation who still grew up in the Russian and, more especially, the Soviet musical tradition ever since he started his training as a conductor. He studied in St Petersburg with Alexander Titov and also with Mariss Jansons. His new orchestra has had a great tradition in performing many of Shostakovich’s works in America for the first time.

This recording provides a kaleidoscope of Shostakovich’s struggle with historical events and political pressures. The pre-war eclectic but accessible and popular 5th, in which he would seem to bow to political pressure, ensured his temporary rehabilitation. The beautiful but dark and gloomy mid-war 8th provoked yet again his fall from favour and instead of providing the political authorities with a triumphant post-war 9th Symphony, Shostakovich wrote a light Haydnesque work which would not be performed until after Stalin’s death. Selections from the Hamlet Suite, possibly Shostakovich’s best film score, rounds out this 2 CD set.

“what for me makes this performance [of No. 9] interesting is how Nelsons takes care to temper any potential frivolity by bringing out the shade as well as the light...Having said that, there's no shortage of blithesome gusto in the third movement...[in the Fifth] Nelsons removes any crudeness to make them smoother and more rounded. It's fascinating to hear how this changes the mood from the usual one of open terror to something more quietly unsettling.” Presto Classical, 27th May 2016

“The young Latvian conductor is as effective in projecting Shostakovich’s sardonic black humour — the antimilitaristic episodes of the Eighth come across with terrifying irony — as he is in evoking his dark emotional inner world...Great performances from a conductor and orchestra at the top of their game.” Sunday Times, 29th May 2016

“Nelsons is spry and precisioned and his insistence on super-keen rhythm pays off big-time...The Fifth Symphony is quite marvellous...and like the Tenth should dominate the catalogue for a long time to come...To say that it brings the house down is something of an understatement.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

27th May 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Orchestral

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2016

DG Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow - 4795201

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Berliner Philharmoniker: Yutaka Sado

Berliner Philharmoniker: Yutaka Sado

Recorded live from the Philharmonie, Berlin, May, 20th 2011


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Takemitsu:

From me flows what you call time (for five percussionists and orchestra)

Raphael Haeger, Simon Rössler, Franz Schindlbeck, Jan Schlichte & Wieland Welzel (percussion)


This production is a Charity Concert for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster from March 11th 2011.

The profit generated will be donated to a special section of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), which was especially founded for earthquake victims: “Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami”, and will therefore be distributed directly among the population affected. Immediate help for the Japanese people in need is thus guaranteed.

With this concert Yutaka Sado makes his Philharmonic debut and will be the first Japanese to conduct the renowned orchestra since Seiji Ozawa several years ago.

Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. The long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa was awarded the most important conductor’s prizes, e.g. the Premier Grand Prix at the 39th International Conducting Competition and the Grand Prix du Concours International L. Bernstein Jerusalem.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 107 mins (91 mins concert + 16 mins bonus)

“[Sado] digs unostentatiously deep in both the fluid and monumental aspects of this concert, given to raise funds for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. Much in the two chosen works is both complementary and appropriate...A short interview with Sado tells us little; but what he achieves in performance is unquestionably beyond words.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 ****

“I like Takemitsu best when there's rigorous tension put between his soft-focus, stylised figurations...Here the balance is perfect...After Takemitsu, Shostakovich's urgent 'listen to this' message, each harmonic sidestep loaded with interference, is a shock. I like the dynamic detail Sado lavishes on the first movement...And another sound reason to buy this DVD: all proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the 2011 tsunami.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012 ****

“a performance of alluring poise. Some may find the seamless tonal blend and peerless technical accomplishment over-manicured (even counter-productive) bearing in mind the music's historical context, but taken on its own terms one can hardly help but be galvanized by its supreme expertise.” International Record Review, June 2012

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2058748

(DVD Video)

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


Following the success of the enlightening first series of Keeping Score, MTT and SFS return with three further programmes that combine one-hour documentaries with live concert performances. The new programmes explore the music and stories behind the music.

Each of the three DVDs in Keeping Score Series 2 features a documentary episode - with MTT guiding us through the composers’ perspectives and influences - coupled with a live concert performance of each work. The programmes are designed to engage and entertain viewers of all levels of musical background. With outstanding production values, they are released on DVD and Blu-Ray HD formats, making SFS the first orchestra to distribute its product on Blu-Ray disc.

In 1937 Russia, at the height of Stalin’s purges, the Communist Party strongly denounced Dmitri Shostakovich’s most recent works. Fearing for his life, the young composer wrote a symphony ending with a rousing march. But to many, the triumph rang hollow. Even today, people wonder just what Shostakovich was trying to say. Was the symphony meant to celebrate Stalin’s regime? Or did it contain hidden messages protesting the very system it seemed to support?

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Region: all

SFS Media Keeping Score - SFS0027

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

The Gadfly (excerpts)


Alto - ALC1067

(CD)

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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

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


Following their electrifying account of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony (8572082), Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore the profound ambivalences of the composer’s most performed symphony, the Fifth, written in 1937 at a time when he was under intense personal and political pressure from the authorities.

The jaunty, neo-classical character of the Ninth Symphony (1945) prompted Shostakovich to remark that ‘musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it’.

Shostakovich’s startlingly different original draft for the opening of the Ninth’s first movement is available on 8572138.

“Petrenko's… Fifth is remarkable for the tight discipline and detailed characterisation of musicians plainly on the up. The five-movement Ninth has sufficient energy and muscle to make it more than a mere divertissement. …Petrenko takes his time with the second movement, imparting almost too much aching reflectiveness, notwithstanding the loveliness of the playing. ...a whizzing Presto, demonstrating just how far the RLPO's corporate virtuosity has developed in a relatively short time. The finale puts on a cartoonish burst of speed at its pompous apex. Though you may not like this or that effect, the performance as a whole is deft and undeniably persuasive.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“…Petrenko's interpretation of the Ninth unleashes the full ferocity of threatening developments and proves that the Moderato, however spare, remains as eloquent a slow movement as any in Shostakovich's works. Superb playing all round, too, not just from the spotlit bassoon in the crucial recitative but also from first oboe, piccolo and the pairs of subtly phrasing clarinets. In the Fifth Symphony, the principal flautist is representative of Petrenko's care in making sure every phrase sounds absolutely right for the context...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

“…the Liverpool strings aren't quite as yet a match for the classic Stokowski/Ormandy sound. But they certainly handle every nuance in this detailed score, and in any case Ormandy never peered into the dark corners of this masterpiece in the way that Petrenko does. In Isle of the Dead the obsessive oarsmanship of Charon's boat, and a tauter, more dramatically contrasted dialogue between cloudlet and rock in the earlier tone poem are spellbinding, too, but the Dances are the thing.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 *****

“Petrenko’s strategic planning pays off with terrific tension, frightening crescendos and sharply defined emotional moods...The slow movement shivers in desolation. In the finale, woodwinds bring tendrils of hope; then comes the moving, contemplative coda. The series’ best release so far.” The Times, 2nd May 2010 *****

“Choosing a favourite recording of the mighty 5th was not easy, but Vasily Petrenko's fresh new take eventually swayed me. The second movement, in particular, is as punchy as I've ever heard it, while Petrenko's unusually slow tempo in the coda lends a real sense of majestic triumph. The other work on this disc, the 9th Symphony, is an absolute joy - a humorous, brisk and characterful work that deserves to be better known.” David Smith, Presto Classical, May 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2009

Naxos Vasily Petrenko Shostakovich Symphonies - 8572167

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Stokowski conducts Shostakovich

Stokowski conducts Shostakovich


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

20 April 1939 (first western recording)

Philadelphia Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

8/20 December 1940 (world premiere recording)

Philadelphia Orchestra

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

13 December 1942

NBC Symphony Orchestra


The recordings contained in this set of Shostakovich's Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies were all made soon after the first performances of each work, and have an authenticity as well as a musical immediacy that later recordings inevitably have lacked, good as they may be. These recordings stand as unique sound documents in the history of the interpretation of Shostakovich's music. In addition they testify to Stokowski's own personal style as an interpreter of this composer's works. Shostakovich held Stokowski in high esteem as an exponent of his music. These performances were previously issued on other labels (no longer available); the present restorations are state of the art, from the best possible sources.

“In Shostakovich, Stokowski cultivates an uncommon strain of seductive lyricism. Excitement in the Fifth and Sixth is limited by timid timpani playing, while in the Seventh the sound is constricted.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

Music & Arts - MACD1232

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

LSO Live - LSO0550

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, etc.

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93


“to rival the very best” Gramophone Magazine

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2006

BIS - BISCD973/974

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, etc.

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Istvan Kertesz

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

John Ogdon, piano

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner


“one of John Ogdon's best records” Penguin Guide

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4666642

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