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When Decca first issued Bernard Haitink's Shostakovich symphony cycle between 1977 and 1984, it was the first non-Soviet cycle of the works. When the cycle was re-released as a set in 2006, it was still only the third non-Soviet cycle -- Eliahu Inbal had completed a perfunctory cycle for Denon and Ladislav Slovak a lackluster cycle for Naxos in the meantime -- but it was nevertheless by far the finest. One had to make some allowances for the earlier performances of Symphonies No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 9, No. 10, and No. 15 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Then a fairly characterful, reasonably polished, and relatively powerful ensemble, the LPO wasn't quite up to strenuous demands of the scores -- the First is irony deficient and the Seventh runs out of steam midway through the third movement. All such doubts disappear when the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam takes over the Symphonies No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 11, No. 12, No. 13, and No. 14. Then, now, and always one of the great European orchestras, the Concertgebouw was up for anything in the scores -- the central Largo from the Fifth is unbearable in its intensity and the opening Adagio from the Thirteenth is overwhelming in its ferocity. But what made this the finest non-Soviet cycle was Haitink's leadership. To the inevitable question "Can a non-Soviet citizen comprehend the art of a Soviet symphonist?," the not altogether unexpected answer is "Yes, but not as a Soviet citizen would comprehend it." For the great Soviet conductors -- Kondrashin, Rozhdestvensky, and, pre-eminently, Mravinsky -- Shostakovich's symphonies are the history of their times transformed into art. For Haitink, Shostakovich's symphonies are art transforming the story of one man's life. In Haitink's interpretations, the symphonies are supremely well-wrought works of musical modernism, which, somewhat like Mahler's symphonies, are chapters in a sublimated musical autobiography. In effect, this means a less intrusive interpretive style that stresses the musical over the extra-musical. Thus, while Soviet conductors tend to take Shostakovich's symphonies very personally, Haitink takes them much more objectively. In practice, Haitink's performances are often as musically impressive as the best Soviet performances, but less emotionally harrowing. Coupled with the orchestral versions of the sensual Six Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva and the anguished From Jewish Folk Poetry, this set will be of interest to anyone who loves Shostakovich's symphonies and already knows the great Soviet performances of the works. Decca's sound is variable. The late stereo recordings with the LPO are big and full, but sometimes shallow. The early digital recordings with the Concertgebouw are huge and detailed, but sometimes harsh.
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 10 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
00:08:14

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Allegro
00:05:02

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Lento
00:08:46

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Lento - Allegro molto
00:09:15

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 3, Op. 20 "First of May" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

5
I. Allegretto - Allegro
00:10:24

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simyon Kirsanov, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

6
II. Andante
00:05:34

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simyon Kirsanov, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

7
III. Allegro - Largo
00:10:33

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simyon Kirsanov, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

8
IV. Moderato "V pervoye Pervoye maya"
00:06:13

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Choir, Choir, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simyon Kirsanov, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 2

Symphony No. 2 in B Major, Op. 14 "To October" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Largo - Allegro molto
00:12:43

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Bezimensky, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Chorus "My shli, my prosili raboty i khleba"
00:08:09

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Choir, Choir, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Bezimensky, Author

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

3
I. Moderato
00:24:16

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1977 Decca Music Group Limited

4
II. Allegro
00:04:02

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1977 Decca Music Group Limited

5
III. Allegretto
00:12:22

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1977 Decca Music Group Limited

6
IV. Andante - Allegro
00:13:55

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1977 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 3

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Allegro poco moderato
00:16:20

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - John Dunkerley, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1979 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Presto
00:12:31

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - John Dunkerley, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1979 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Moderato con moto
00:09:06

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - John Dunkerley, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1979 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Largo
00:07:02

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - John Dunkerley, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1979 Decca Music Group Limited

5
V. Allegro
00:22:33

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - John Dunkerley, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1979 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 4

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Moderato
00:18:03

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Allegretto
00:05:21

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Largo
00:15:40

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Allegro non troppo
00:10:34

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

5
I. Allegro
00:04:56

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

6
II. Moderato
00:07:44

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

7
III. Presto -
00:02:37

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

8
IV. Largo -
00:03:55

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

9
V. Allegretto
00:06:36

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Peter Cook, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 5

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Largo
00:17:47

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Allegro
00:06:20

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Presto
00:07:05

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 "The Year 1917" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

4
I. Revolutionary Petrograd. Moderato - Allegro - Più mosso - Allegro
00:13:30

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

5
II. Razliv. Allegro - L'istesso tempo - Adagio
00:14:03

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

6
III. Aurora. L'istesso tempo - Allegro
00:04:15

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

7
IV. Dawn of Humanity. L'istesso tempo - Allegretto - Allegro - Moderato
00:11:05

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 6

Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Allegretto
00:28:57

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1980 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Moderato poco allegretto
00:11:35

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Peter Cook, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1980 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Adagio
00:20:21

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Peter Cook, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1980 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Allegro non troppo
00:18:27

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Peter Cook, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Beswick, Producer

℗ 1980 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 7

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Adagio
00:25:55

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Allegretto
00:06:14

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Allegro non troppo
00:05:57

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Largo
00:08:49

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

5
V. Allegretto
00:14:50

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 8

Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. The Palace Square (Adagio)
00:15:53

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Ninth of January (Allegro - Adagio)
00:19:54

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

3
III. Eternal Memory (Adagio)
00:11:23

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

4
IV. Alarm (Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Allegro)
00:14:15

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Decca Music Group Limited

DISQUE 9

Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

1
I. Babi Yar: Adagio
00:17:11

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Marius Rintzler, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Author - John Pellowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gentlemen from the Choir of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Choir, MainArtist

℗ 1986 Decca Music Group Limited

2
II. Humour: Allegretto
00:08:18

Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Bernard Haitink, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer - Marius Rintzler, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Orchestra, MainArtist - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Author - John Pellowe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Colin Moorfoot, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gentlemen from the Choir of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Choir, MainArtist

℗ 1986 Decca Music Group Limited

Descriptif de l'album

When Decca first issued Bernard Haitink's Shostakovich symphony cycle between 1977 and 1984, it was the first non-Soviet cycle of the works. When the cycle was re-released as a set in 2006, it was still only the third non-Soviet cycle -- Eliahu Inbal had completed a perfunctory cycle for Denon and Ladislav Slovak a lackluster cycle for Naxos in the meantime -- but it was nevertheless by far the finest. One had to make some allowances for the earlier performances of Symphonies No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 9, No. 10, and No. 15 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Then a fairly characterful, reasonably polished, and relatively powerful ensemble, the LPO wasn't quite up to strenuous demands of the scores -- the First is irony deficient and the Seventh runs out of steam midway through the third movement. All such doubts disappear when the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam takes over the Symphonies No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 11, No. 12, No. 13, and No. 14. Then, now, and always one of the great European orchestras, the Concertgebouw was up for anything in the scores -- the central Largo from the Fifth is unbearable in its intensity and the opening Adagio from the Thirteenth is overwhelming in its ferocity. But what made this the finest non-Soviet cycle was Haitink's leadership. To the inevitable question "Can a non-Soviet citizen comprehend the art of a Soviet symphonist?," the not altogether unexpected answer is "Yes, but not as a Soviet citizen would comprehend it." For the great Soviet conductors -- Kondrashin, Rozhdestvensky, and, pre-eminently, Mravinsky -- Shostakovich's symphonies are the history of their times transformed into art. For Haitink, Shostakovich's symphonies are art transforming the story of one man's life. In Haitink's interpretations, the symphonies are supremely well-wrought works of musical modernism, which, somewhat like Mahler's symphonies, are chapters in a sublimated musical autobiography. In effect, this means a less intrusive interpretive style that stresses the musical over the extra-musical. Thus, while Soviet conductors tend to take Shostakovich's symphonies very personally, Haitink takes them much more objectively. In practice, Haitink's performances are often as musically impressive as the best Soviet performances, but less emotionally harrowing. Coupled with the orchestral versions of the sensual Six Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva and the anguished From Jewish Folk Poetry, this set will be of interest to anyone who loves Shostakovich's symphonies and already knows the great Soviet performances of the works. Decca's sound is variable. The late stereo recordings with the LPO are big and full, but sometimes shallow. The early digital recordings with the Concertgebouw are huge and detailed, but sometimes harsh.
© TiVo

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