Leon Botstein, London Symphony Orchestra - Popov: Symphony No. 1 / Shostakovich: Theme and Variations (2004)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:05 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 3,51 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,52 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 1,28 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Telarc # SACD-60642
Dmitry Shostakovich had a kind of protean musical genius that could take the shape of any container it was poured into. But what would have happened if his genius had been less adaptable? He might have ended up like Gavriil Popov: virtually unknown 100 years after his birth and 32 years since his death. These two composers had remarkably similar backgrounds. Both were daring young stars ascending in the Soviet firmament until the state intervened and censured them in the 1930's. Shostakovich adapted and recovered artistically; Popov did not. With this excellent new recording of Popov's early 1st Symphony, Leon Botstein and the London Symphony show us just how big Popov might have been. There are echoes of Shostakovich's tart writing, but there is also much that is original.