_Mariinsky Label: Shostakovich Symphony Nos 4, 5 & 6
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Valery Gergiev conductor
Choc Classica (France)
Valery Gergiev continues his acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle with his sixth release, a 2-SACD set of three consecutive symphonies 4, 5 & 6.
Shostakovich symphonies are often emotionally powerful and the three symphonies performed here are a particularly compelling and riveting combination. Without doubt, the tortuous difficulty of adhering to vaguely articulated political dictates shaped the evolution of Shostakovich’s music. Yet it is his sophisticated employment of musical codes that enabled him to maintain his creative integrity. There is no better illustration of his ability to tread a fine line between acclamation and condemnation with the skill of a tight-rope walker than the experience he faced during the 1930s, the period when he
composed his Fourth, Fifth and Sixth symphonies.
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***** ‘Gergiev excels in this repertoire, and this is shaping up to be the most vital Shostakovich cycle of the 21st century.’ Classical Music Magazine (UK)
‘Gergiev excels in this repertoire, and this is shaping up to be the most vital Shostakovich cycle of the 21st century.’ Classical Music (UK)
‘This is a superb capturing of the sound of the Mariinsky Theater. Instruments are clearly delineated, and locked into a stable soundstage. The rear channels of this 5.0 recording are mainly ambience, and it serves the music well. These three politically-related symphonies are an excellent package and they are not usually available together. The sound is vivid, the playing is emotional and ardent.’ Audiophile Audition (US)
‘Now that really is the sound of Gergiev and the Mariinsky orchestra at their considerable best in the third movement of Shostakovich 5th symphony.’ BBC Radio 3 Building a Library (UK)
James Mallinson producer
Vladimir Ryabenko engineering, editing, mixing & mastering
Duration 135m approx.
DSD recording, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg. Symphony 4 recorded on 24th & 2th June 2013, Symphony 5 recorded on 5th, 9th & 14th June 2012, Symphony 6 recorded on 21st, 23rd and 26th June 2013.
Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English, French and German
Catalogue number - MAR0545
UPC - 822231854524