_Mariinsky Label: Shostakovich Symphony No 7 'Leningrad'
Valery Gergiev conductor
Shostakovich dedicated his Seventh Symphony to the defiance shown by the citizens of Leningrad in the face of Nazi totalitarianism. Despite the widespread reassessment that has since taken place regarding the inspirations for his symphonies, the 'Leningrad' symphony remains a highly-potent symbol for the residents of modern-day St Petersburg.
This is the fourth release in Valery Gergiev's Shostakovich symphony cycle, presenting an emotionally charged performance of the Seventh Symphony.
‘Gergiev exerts a much tauter control over proceedings, the inexorable tread of the sarabande rhythm achieving mesmeric cumulative power which is helped in no small measure by the superbly responsive orchestral playing and the tremendous dynamic range of the recording.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)
**** 'Gergiev and his heroic St Petersburg orchestra show that the Adagio - touched by a sense of intimacy, passion and tradegy - is the real kernel of the symphony.' Financial Times (UK)
'A deliberate tempo doesn't detract from Gergiev's reading of the Adagio third movement. He has a great feeling for the structure of this movement and it never feels overtly slow. The Mariinsky strings soar in their heartfelt opening phrases and the performance reaches the level of intensity one associates with this team in the concert hall.' International Record Review (UK)
**** ‘The heart of Gergiev’s performance, though, is the third movement Adagio; check out how, at around 13'20", he spins the harmony on its axis, renewing the momentum, setting himself up for a nuanced, dignified Finale.’ Sinfinimusic.com
James Mallinson producer
Vladimir Ryabenko engineering, editing & mixing
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd mastering
Recorded June 2012, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English, French and German
Catalogue number - MAR0533
UPC - 822231853329