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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 1 & 15

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release date: September 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2009


The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev


Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russia


James Mallinson


Dirk Sobotka

John Newton

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 75:49
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Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

1 I Allegretto 8:52
2 II Allegro 4:40
3 III Lento - Largo 8:45
4 IV Allegro molto - Lento - Adagio - Presto 9:35

Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

5 I Allegretto 8:18
6 II Adagio 14:59
7 III Allegretto 4:04
8 IV Adagio - Allegretto 16:36

The Second release on the Mariinsky label features Shostakovich’s first and final symphonies. Valery Gergiev made award-winning recordings of Symphonies Nos 4-9 for Philips, however he will release a complete cycle on the Mariinsky label, starting with the symphonies he has not previously recorded.
Over 45 years separate the composition of Symphonies No’s 1 and 15 and yet both exude creativity and Shostakovich’s dark wit. The First symphony owes much to the influence of Shostakovich’s Russian predecessors including Tchaikovsky and Scriabin. However, it also reflects contemporary artistic life and the optimism of the early years in the Soviet Union. By contrast the final symphony is a more bitter work, drawing on many of the themes that recur throughout Shostakovich’s career and yet never resort to melodrama.

"By emphasising the playful exuberance of Shostakovich’s writing, Gergiev discovers a middle path that brings these two symphonies closer than one would have through possible. The result is a tour-de-force of recreative bravado, into which the Mariinsky Orchestra throws itself with alacrity."

Classic FM Magazine - 5 August 2009

                           ’Disc of the Week’
"Gergiev’s performance of the 15th sounds the valedictory culmination of his symphonic life’s work - deeply moving .. These works are meat and drink for Gergiev’s outstanding Mariinsky players"


The Sunday Times - 9 August 2009

"The orchestra under Gergiev is terrific. Doom laden brass, jaunty woodwind and clattering percussion all come together with total conviction"

The Daily Telegraph - 7 September 2009


Classica - 25 September 2009

"This superb pairing of Shostakovich’s first and last symphonies demonstrates both how astoundingly precocious the composer was and how face he came in 45 years"

Absolute Sound - 17 October 2009

"Gergiev’s pairing of Shostakovich’s first and last symphonies makes great sense considering the many thematic cross-references they share. The performances show the conductor at his feverish, insightful best"

Philadelphia Enquirer - 17 October 2010

“ to hear Shostakovich’s first and final thoughts in the symphonic genre so closely juxtaposed is fascinating … Gergiev is magnificent”

“impressively recorded in the sumptuous acoustics of the new Mariinsky Concert Hall”
Performance *****     Sound *****   

BBC Music Magazine

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