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Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)

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Boston SO, Andris Nelsons - Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10; Passacaglia (2015)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5059 GH | Time: 01:04:50

The "Under Stalin's Shadow" subtitle of this release may be confusing inasmuch as the opening Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District dates from before the period when Stalin made Shostakovich's life a living hell, and the main attraction, the Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93, was finished ten months after Stalin's death. Actually the album is the first in a set of three; the others will cover the symphonies No. 5 through No. 9, all written during the period of Stalinist cultural control. But even here the theme is relevant: the pieces are linked by a dark mood that carries overtones (of a feminist sort in the case of the opera) of repression. And the Symphony No. 10 is decidedly some kind of turning point, with repeated (and finally triumphant) assertions of the D-S-C-H motif (D, E flat, C, B natural in the German system) that would appear frequently in the composer's later work.

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 | Scans included | Time: 01:19:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 326-2

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.

Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.7, Op. 60 'Leningrad' (2000) [Re-Up]

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Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.7, Op. 60 'Leningrad' (2000) [Re-Up]

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.7, in C Major, Op. 60, 'Leningrad' (2000)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky, recorded 26.II.1953

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Omega Classics | # OCD 1030 | Time: 01:12:41

Few new pieces of music in the 20th century have received the kind of celebrity accorded the Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 when it arrived in America. At a time when Russia was seen in a somewhat friendly light by the allied nations, this supposed depiction of the siege of Leningrad was seized upon by the press as a vital cog in the war effort. The composer, clad in military fireman's garb, graced the cover of Time magazine, and Toscanini and Stokowski fought tooth and nail to get the premiere American performance. (Toscanini got his hands on the manuscript first, and Stokowski gave the second performance a few days later.) Here is a Soviet studio recording from the 1950s by Evgeny Mravinsky, the conductor most closely associated with Shostakovich during his lifetime. It is a strong performance with plenty of impact and the Leningrad Philharmonic in good form, and while live Mravinsky versions of several of the symphonies exist in abundance, there are none of the Seventh, making this disc especially valuable.

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

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Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:05:54
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1679, 465 1372

This CD's title, Messe Noire, and its dark cover art may mislead some into thinking this album is filled with evil, forbidden things; but the only selection that suggests the diabolical is Alexander Scriabin's macabre Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass," and it comes at the very end, after Igor Stravinsky's light, neo-Classical Serenade in A, Dmitry Shostakovich's sardonic Sonata No. 2, and Sergey Prokofiev's witty but brutal knuckle-buster, the Sonata No. 7, which all have their dark moments, certainly, but not the same sinister mood found in Scriabin. If pianist Aleksei Lubimov's aim in bringing these Russian masterworks together points to some other unifying idea – perhaps the significance of the piano in these composers' thinking – then some other title might have been more helpful. As it is, though, this album seems most unified in Lubimov's vigorous style of playing, brittle execution, and emphasis on the piano's percussive sonorities, evident in each performance. This spiky approach works best in Prokofiev's sonata, and fairly well in Shostakovich's and Stravinsky's pieces; but it seems too sterile in Scriabin's music, which needs more languor and sensuous writhing than clarity or crispness.

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

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London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)

London Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 1 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 244 MB | Tracks: 8 | 75:34 min
Style: Classical | Label: Lso

Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra continue their Shostakovich cycle with a pairing of the iconic Fifth Symphony alongside the composer's First. Few pieces of classical music have been the subject of so much debate and discussion as the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. Following the 'justified criticism' of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk the Fifth marked a turning point in his career, after which he balanced an even more precarious position as an artist under Stalin’s brutal regime. Completed by the composer at just 18 years old, Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled him into the international spotlight. Breathtakingly unpredictable, the piece charts a course through soundscapes of blazing passion, melancholy introspection and caustic humour.

Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87 (1991)

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Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87 (1991)

Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87 (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 165:53 | 567 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66441/3

These preludes and fugures by Shostakovich are not the easiest in the world for interpretation. Think a Slavic Bach. It is unfair to call these works "modern" and it's not just because they are with the confines of a Medieval form. But sometimes the listener will catch something that is reminiscent of 20th centyury Soviet music. These works are miniatures - a form totally at odds with the usual way we consider the composer. Tatiana Nikolayeva is simply brilliant in her interpretation - the clarity is startling. It may take a while but this is a recording that appreciates the more it is heard.

Bernard Haitink - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15, From Jewish Folk Poetry (1987)

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Bernard Haitink - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15, From Jewish Folk Poetry (1987)

Bernard Haitink - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15, From Jewish Folk Poetry (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:21 | 344 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 417 581-2

An early entry in Bernard Haitink’s Shostakovich cycle, this winning performance of the Fifteenth Symphony promised much for what was eventually to become a series greatly varied in quality and inspiration. It may be asking too much for a Western conductor to perform all of these symphonies with the same intensity and passion as might be shown by any of several Soviet counterparts, who were, after all, living and working under the same system that had so oppressed and threatened the composer. As for Symphony No. 15, its lesser degree of brutality than most of its predecessors makes it a good match for Haitink’s tidy conducting style.

Sergey Khachatryan - Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (2006)

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Sergey Khachatryan - Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (2006)

Sergey Khachatryan - Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:14 | 325 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naïve | Catalog: 5025

It's probably unfair to compare Sergey Khachatryan's 2006 recording of Shostakovich's violin concertos accompanied by Kurt Masur leading the Orchestre National de France with David Oistrakh's classic recordings of the works: the 1956 Mitropoulos/New York Philharmonic First and the 1967 Kondrashin/ Moscow Philharmonic Second. Not only was Oistrakh the dedicatee for both works, he was far and away the greatest of Soviet violinists, and his virile, soulful, impassioned, and supremely virtuosic interpretations have an authenticity and immediacy that no subsequent violinist has yet touched.

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.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)

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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, London Symphony Orchestra, Maxim Shostakovich - Barber, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:33 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 0777 7 54314 2 1

This EMI Angel release Barber & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos places a new package on a time-honored item, the Barber and Dmitry Shostakovich violin concerti as interpreted by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the London Symphony Orchestra led by Maxim Shostakovich. It originally came out in 1992, and the original release, while it was no "Chant," proved a dependable seller. By reducing the price and putting it into a new package, EMI Angel might seem to be hoping to attract buyers who missed it the first time around, but this is a special case in that it is making available again what may have been the finest recording made by Salerno-Sonnenberg under the terms of her EMI contract.

Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)

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Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)

Skampa Quartet - Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich: String Quartets (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:14 | 431 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: The Wigmore Hall Trust | Catalog: WHLive0019

Like so many upstart ensembles to come out of Eastern Europe, the Skampa Quartet found its beginnings while the members were students – in this case, at the Prague Academy in 1989. Only four short years later, the group gave its debut performance at London's Wigmore Hall and became the hall's artists-in-residence for the following five years. Its captivating energy and rapport with audience is frequently cited among its strengths. Whether this particular performance represents an off night for the quartet, or whether the performance really loses something when not viewed live is anyone's guess, but this live 2006 recording does not live up to its Wigmore Hall accolades.

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.

Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues - Nikolayeva (2020)

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Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues - Nikolayeva (2020)

Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues - Nikolayeva (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 520 MB | Tracks: 24 | 168:30 min
Style: Classical | Label: Musical Concepts

The distinguished Soviet pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva is a name familiar to many as one of the greatest forces behind the wealth of piano talent to flood from the former Soviet Union during the twentieth century.
She was born on 4 May 1924 and began playing the piano at the age of three, subsequently entering the Moscow Conservatoire to study with Alexander Goldenweiser and Yevgeny Golubev. She retained her close connection with the Moscow Conservatoire all her life. Indeed, her name was inscribed twice on the marble Roll of Honour there, first as a pianist, then as a composer.

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

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Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)

Keller Quartett, Alexei Lubimov - Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich: Lento (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1755, 461 815-2 | Time: 01:05:00

Schnittke's Piano Quintet, a creative response to his mother's death, is an austere, haunting work full of grief and tenderness that marks one of his early ventures into polystylistic writing. The opening piano solo is unique, a spare statement of puzzlement in the face of tragedy. It gives way to a waltz, as if recapturing a lost past, then the graceful dance melody literally disintegrates as the strings venture off into other regions, vainly trying to reassemble the theme and failing. At the end of its touching five movements the music's despair is transformed into serene, hard-won acceptance. Shostakovitch's 15th Quartet, his final statement in that form, premiered just months before his death. It's six slow movements are shot through with contemplative sadness and regret. The music is so rich in texture and substance that attention never flags.

Briggs Piano Trio - Gál, Shostakovich: Piano Trios (2018)

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Briggs Piano Trio - Gál, Shostakovich: Piano Trios (2018)

Briggs Piano Trio - Gál, Shostakovich: Piano Trios (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:05 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie | Catalog: AV2390

Continuing AVIE’s acclaimed and influential series of recordings of the music of Austrian émigré Hans Gál, this latest release brings together two of today’s most eminent Gál interpreters, Sarah Beth Briggs and Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz for a recording of Gál’s breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major and his witty Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune. Gál’s music and destiny was shaped by war and political upheaval, as was that of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose Piano Trio in E minor, one of the monuments of 20th century chamber music, is a harrowing souvenir of the times in which it was written.