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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2007

Originally recorded in 2004

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Mstislav Rostropovich



Venue:

Barbican Centre, London



Producer:

James Mallinson



Engineer:

Jonathan Stokes



Record Label
LSO

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 46:57
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DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

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Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (1937)

46:58  
1 Moderato 15:39
2 Allegretto 5:47
3 Largo 12:39
4 Allegro non troppo 12:52
 Mstislav Rostropovich
  7-8 July 2004 (live recording)  


Few works stir up as much debate over their ’meaning’ as Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. And equally few works can boast an interpreter with such insight as Mstislav Rostropovich. His friendship with the composer gives him an almost unique understanding of Shostakovich’s inner traumas, and as with the 2002’s outstandingly successful LSO Live recording of the Symphony No 11, he inspires the LSO’s players to the heights of virtuosity.
 

"Rostropovich captures the stark ambivalence of the music - its gut-wrenching menace on the one hand, and stark attractiveness on the other. The playing is top-notch, and quite terrifying at all the right moments." *****

The Scotsman - 28 January 2005

’his strength is in his ability to inspire players. There’s nothing routine about this performance: Rostropovich generates a fierce intensity ... The LSO’s response is consitantly impressive.’
Classic FM Magazine, March 2005
 

Classic FM Magazine - March 2005

"In this towering performance by the LSO under the composer’s friend and colleague Mstislav Rostropovich ... Shostakovich comes across as a thoroughgoing modernist, agonised about the issues of the day, but pouring his angst into a huge, multifaceted work which flows with the heat of volcanic lava. One of the last remaining links with this titanic composer, the great cellist-conductor can lay rightful claim to being his outstanding living interpreter."
The Observer, 9 January 2005

The Observer - 9 January 2005

"This is the sort of thing at which Rostropovich excels; the frozen wastes, the seas of desolation that cover this carefully proportioned symphony have never been more atmospherically charted."

 

BBC Music Magazine - March 2005

*****

The Independent

"Rostropovich breathes this music as if it were oxygen ... he brings it chillingly to life"



 

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