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Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)

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Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)

Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - Bizet-Shchedrin: Carmen Ballet; Shostakovich: Hamlet, incidental music; Glazunov: Carnaval Overture (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 67:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | 09026-63308-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1969

Arthur Fiedler's recording of Shchedrin's Carmen Ballet is excellent in every way. The composer's imaginative rescoring of several sections of Bizet's opera for strings and percussion is a superb reorchestration exploiting a full range of percussion timbre that reveals an incredible array of views of the score that continually delight the listener. The Ballet, composed as a vehicle for his celebrated wife- prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya - is an extraordinary orchestration which invites the listener to explore new and very different colors with music originally scored for Bizet's classically constituted orchestra of the opera pit. While the disk also includes the Incidental Music to "Hamlet" by Shostakovich and Glazunov's Carnival Overture, it's the Shchedrin performance that makes the disk worth any price for the listener who values discovering new things in music well known in an earlier guise.

Kim Kashkashian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Robert Levin - Dmitri Shostakovich, Linda Bouchard, Paul Chihara (1991)

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Kim Kashkashian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Robert Levin - Dmitri Shostakovich, Linda Bouchard, Paul Chihara (1991)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Viola Sonata Op. 147; Linda Bouchard; Pourtinade; Paul Chihara: Redwood (1991)
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion; Robert Levin, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1425, 847 538-2 | Time: 01:00:50
Classical, Chamber Music

The first two works are for viola and a battery of percussion instruments. Pourtinade, in nine sections with highly descriptive titles whose order is decided by the performers, elicits every possible sound and color effect from the viola, and an extraordinary range of blending and contrasting textural timbres from the instrumental combinations. "Redwood," inspired by Japanese woodcuts, uses the percussion as melody instruments; often it seems incredible that a single player can produce such a wealth of sounds. Opening softly and mysteriously, it becomes quite active, and then a beautiful viola solo fades away. The Shostakovich Sonata, written in the shadow of death, is heartbreakingly moving in its lamentatious mournfulness and turbulently desperate outbursts. The piano texture is pared down to skeletal spareness; the viola mourns in the dark low register and soars radiantly up high. The Scherzo is defiantly sardonic; the Finale, full of quotes from Beethoven, ends in resignation. The playing is beautiful and projects the changing moods with a riveting, inwardly experienced expressiveness.

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (1984)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (1984)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 61:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 411 616-2 | Recorded: 1982

The passage of time hasn't dimmed the powerful impact of this outstanding performance. Haitink projects all the drama and emotional ambiguity without sacrificing symphonic cogency.

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" (1986)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 64:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 417 261-2 | Recorded: 1984

With one single reservation Haitink's account of Babiy Yar is superb. The reservation is that Marius Rintzler, although he has all the necessary blackness and gravity and is in amply sonforous voice, responds to the anger and the irony and the flaming denunciations of Yevtushenko's text with scarcely a trace of the histrionic fervour they cry out for. The excellent chorus, though, is very expressive and it makes up for a lot, as does the powerful and sustained drama of Haitink's direction.

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)

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Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:46:37
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1629, 457 067-2

String quartet fans will relish this excellent release from ECM. Although the Shostakovich 8th is one of the most over-recorded pieces in the string quartet literature, the performance here is worth having, and is combined with a somewhat familiar but not as widely recorded piece by Webern (for those who might be afraid to listen to anything by Webern, let me assure you that this is a most lovely, lyrical, hauntingly beautiful work, not at all daunting) and a quartet by a composer that will be unfamiliar to most, Emil Burian (1904-1959), whose String Quartet No. 4 is a haunting piece that makes for an attractive finish for this fine CD by the Rosamunde Quartet. The sound quality is rich and radiant in the best ECM tradition.

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set

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Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set

Yevgeny Mravinsky conducts the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) 12 CD Box Set
Beethoven - Shostakovich - Wagner - Mozart - Tchaikovsky - Mussorgsky - Glinka - Glazunov

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.5 Gb | Scans included | Time: 09:57:02
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Erato | # 2564-69890-5

This compilation covers 20 years of live recordings made by conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky and the then-named Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for Erato. Mravinsky led that orchestra for nearly 50 years, from 1938 until his death. His last recording was that of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, made in 1984, found on Disc 3 here. His interpretations of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky were highly regarded, so it's not surprising that several of their symphonies are here. There are also symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven in this set; tone poems by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky; and orchestral excerpts from operas by Wagner, Glinka, and Glazunov. The final disc contains a rare recording of a rehearsal led by Mravinsky, something few outsiders were ever allowed to witness. Even though he was an elder statesman of Russian music at the time of these recordings, there is still precision and energy in his interpretations.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 (2003)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 (2003)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 73:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 065-2 | Recorded: 2002

Gergiev pairs Shostakovich's most popular symphony with one of his wittiest. The Fifth was a lifesaver for the composer, literally. He'd come under severe attack from Stalin and his minions over the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. The Fifth was his response, a 1937 work of "socialist realism" glorifying "Soviet man." The subtext was quite different, the finale's numbing outburst of screaming brass and relentless drums implicitly damning the official line. But it's hardly a formulaic work, as its attractive melodies are clothed in typical Shostakovichian garb. Gergiev and the Kirov band capture the buildup of tension in the first movement, the sardonic nature of the Allegretto, and the grim Largo, as well as that ambiguous finale.

Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

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Boris Giltburg, Rhys Owens, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; String Quartet No. 8 (2017)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano; Rhys Owens, Trumpet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 236 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573666 | Time: 01:09:45

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8; Alexander Scriabin: La Poème de l'Extase, Op. 54 (2015) [Re-Up]

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, LPO - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8; Alexander Scriabin: La Poème de l'Extase, Op. 54 (2015) [Re-Up]

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Op. 65; Scriabin: La Poème de l'Extase, Op. 54 (2015)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # 350 120 | Time: 01:19:00

Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 was written in the summer of 1943, and first performed in November of that year by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky, to whom the work is dedicated. Many scholars have ranked it among the composer's finest scores. Some also say Shostakovich intended the work as a ''tragedy to triumph'' symphony, in the tradition of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler. This release in Praga's Reminiscences series of audiophile SACD remasterings features an historic live recording from 1961 featuring Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic.

Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Trios (1999) [Re-Up]

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Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Trios (1999) [Re-Up]

Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Trios (1999)
Martha Argerich, piano; Gidon Kremer, violin; Mischa Maisky, violoncello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 208 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 326-2 | Time: 01:19:18

Wow! This is music making on a cosmic scale. You may hear some jaded critic offer up the following generic comment about this release: "These three players, gathered together for only the second time, naturally can't equal the subtle give and take of more established chamber ensembles." Bull. All three artists rank among the most inspirational and experienced chamber players of our time, and here they set the notes on fire in performances of shattering intensity, improvisational spontaneity, and (in the Tchaikovsky) Herculean grandeur. Argerich's performance of the concerto-like piano part of the Tchaikovsky Trio is especially impressive; she seems to know instinctively when to dominate the proceedings and when to let her partners take over; and the final "Theme and Variations"–a huge movement half an hour in length–seldom has sounded so cohesive and meaningful. As to the Shostakovich, well, what can I say? This is one of the most profoundly moving experiences in music, and how well this trio knows it! The three players find the perfect tempo for the third movement Passacaglia, then build the tragic finale as inexorably as fate itself.

Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1, 14 & 15, Chamber Symphony in C minor (2021)

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Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1, 14 & 15, Chamber Symphony in C minor (2021)

Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1, 14 & 15, Chamber Symphony in C minor (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 671 Mb | Total time: 157:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 4860546 | Recorded: 2018-2020

The newest addition to Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's award-winning survey of Shostakovich's orchestral works takes on symphonies from the opposite ends of the composer's life. Shostakovich's first symphony, composed when he was only 19, announced his presence to the world, while his 15th seemingly grapples with his impending mortality. The Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10, was written as a graduation piece for his composition class at the Leningrad Conservatory. The composer's youth and the influences of Stravinsky and Prokofiev are evident in the work, but there are plenty of allusions to his later style. Slightly on the slower side overall, the emotion and forward motion of the music is not lost. The Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141, written a few years before the composer's death, though not programmatic, seems to present a look at the cycle of life.

Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3 'The First Of May' (2011)

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Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3 'The First Of May' (2011)

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3 'The First Of May' (2011)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572396 | Time: 01:04:31

Even though Dmitry Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F minor was an academic exercise from his teens, and the Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ("The First of May"), a reflection of the avant-garde experimentation of the early Soviet period, these youthful works reveal salient characteristics of his personality that repeatedly surfaced in the later symphonies and should be considered as fully a part of the cycle. Shostakovich's expressions range from sardonic and brooding moods in the First to the energetic and violent activity of the Third, and these qualities are accurately conveyed in Vasily Petrenko's performances with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, with the ensemble's choir included in the triumphal finale of the Third. The recordings have a wide audio range, so the extreme dynamics of Shostakovich's music can be heard with minimal adjustment of the volume. That said, much of the music is extremely quiet and eerily thin in texture, so attentive listening is required. But the fortissimos are everything they should be, and Petrenko elicits full sonorities from the orchestra.

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 72:05 | Scans included
Classical | Decca | 417 514-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1983

Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich's deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this rather old but remastered recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich's vision.

Jocelyn Pook & VA - Eyes Wide Shut: Music From The Motion Picture (1999) [Re-Up]

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Jocelyn Pook & VA - Eyes Wide Shut: Music From The Motion Picture (1999) [Re-Up]

Jocelyn Pook & VA - Eyes Wide Shut: Music From The Motion Picture (1999)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks)+cue.+log ~ 295 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 69 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Classical, Jazz | Warner Sunset/Reprise | # 9362-47450-2 | 00:57:49

Stanley Kubrick made his own musical choices for his films, many of them existing pieces that were forever redefined by their use. (Remember "Thus Spake Zarathustra" in 2001: A Space Odyssey?) For his final work, Eyes Wide Shut, he employed composer Jocelyn Pook to compose some evocative string-filled music (including one track, "Masked Ball," eerily featuring backwards vocals), but his score also included works by Liszt and Shostakovich, syrupy versions of "When I Fall in Love," "If I Had You," and "Strangers in the Night," a jazzy rendition of "Blame It on My Youth" by Brad Mehldau, Chris Isaak's cross between John Lee Hooker and Roy Orbison on his 1995 song "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," and, opening and closing the disc, a simple but intense solo piano piece by Gyogy Ligeti, whose work also had been used in 2001 and another Kubrick film, The Shining. The result was an eclectic soundtrack album that primarily was of interest to fans of the film who were in need of an aural souvenir.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.