Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies

Shostakovich: The Complete Symphonies
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Artist WDR Sinfonieorchester
Rudolph Barshai conductor
Format 11 CD
Cat. number 6324
EAN code 5029365632423
Release January 2009

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The complete Symphonies- Shostakovich' music is the music of 20th century Russia, from the turbulent Revolution, through the horrors of war to the communistic repression. It is the cry of a soul in torment, expressing grief, despair in a highly personal way, through irony or bitter truth. The symphonies span Shostakovich'whole life, and form a milestone in the symphonic repertoire. They are frequently played, and have gained nearly the same popularity as Mahler's symphonies.

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- A great recording by Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai, an authority in this repertoire, as he has worked closely together with the composer for a long time, and premiered the 14th symphony.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: Allegretto
  2. Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: Allegro
  3. Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: Lento
  4. Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10: Allegro molto
  5. Symphony No. 2 in B Major, Op. 14 for Chorus & Orchestra "To October"  
  6. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 20 for Chorus & Orchestra "First of May"

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: Allegretto poco moderato
  2. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: Moderato con moto
  3. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: Largo-allegro

Disk 3

  1. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: Moderato
  2. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: Allegretto
  3. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: Largo
  4. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: Allegro non troppo
  5. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54: Largo
  6. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54: Allegro
  7. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54: Presto

Disk 4

  1. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 "Leningrad": War, allegretto
  2. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 "Leningrad": Memories, Moderato (poco allegretto)
  3. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 "Leningrad": My native Field, adagio
  4. Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 "Leningrad": victory, allegro non troppo

Disk 5

  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: Adagio
  2. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: Allegretto 
  3. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: Allegro non troppo 
  4. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: Largo 
  5. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: Allegretto 

Disk 6

  1. Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: Allegro  
  2. Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: Moderato  
  3. Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: Presto 
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: Largo 
  5. Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70: Allegretto
  6. Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: Moderato
  7. Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: Allegro
  8. Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: Allegretto
  9. Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: Andante

Disk 7

  1. Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905": Palace Square: Adagio
  2. Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905": January 9-th: Allegro-adagio allegro-adagio
  3. Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905": Eternal Memory: Adagio
  4. Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905": The Toscin: Allegro non troppo-allegro- moderato-adagio-allegro

Disk 8

  1. Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 "The Year 1917" "To the Memory of Lenin": Revolutionary Petrograd: Moderato-allegro
  2. Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 "The Year 1917" "To the Memory of Lenin": Razliv: Adagio
  3. Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 "The Year 1917" "To the Memory of Lenin": Aurora: Allegro
  4. Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 "The Year 1917" "To the Memory of Lenin": The Dawn of Humanity: L'istesso tempo

Disk 9

  1. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor for Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 113 "Babi Yar": Babi Yar: Adagio
  2. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor for Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 113 "Babi Yar": Humour: Allegretto
  3. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor for Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 113 "Babi Yar": In the Store: Adagio
  4. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor for Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 113"Babi Yar": Fears: Adagio  
  5. Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor for Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 113 "Babi Yar": A Career: Allegretto

Disk 10

  1. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: De profundis (Bass; Garcia Lorca)
  2. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: Malague-a (Soprano; Garcia Lorca)
  3. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: Lorelei (Soprano & bass; Apollinaire)
  4. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: The Suicide (Soprano; Apollinaire)
  5. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: On Watch (Soprano; Apollinaire)
  6. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: Madam, look! (Soprano & bass; Apollinaire)
  7. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: In Prison, at the Sante Jail (Bass, Apollinaire)
  8. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: The Zaporozhian Cossack's answer to the Sultan of Constantinople (Bass; Apollinaire)
  9. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: O Delvig, Delvig (Bass; KŸchelbecker)
  10. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: The Death of the Poet (Soprano; Rilke)
  11. Symphony No. 14 for Soprano, Bass, Strings & Percussion, Op. 135: Conclusion (Soprano & bass; Rilke)

Disk 11

  1. Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: Allegretto
  2. Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: Adagio-largo-adagio-allegretto
  3. Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: Allegretto
  4. Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141: Adagio-allegretto-adagio-allegretto

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