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OD 1109

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 5 / 7 Verses (Eschenbach)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011


Artists:

Philadelphia Orchestra


Eschenbach, Christoph


Christoph Eschenbach

Conductor

Juliette Kang

Soloist

Hai Ye Ni

Soloist

Yvonne Naef

Soloist

Record Label
Ondine

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Total Time - 77:51
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DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

 

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

 
1 I. Moderato 17:37
 Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
 Eschenbach, Christoph
     
2 II. Allegretto 5:49
 Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
 Eschenbach, Christoph
     
3 III. Largo 16:25
 Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
 Eschenbach, Christoph
     
4 IV. Allegro non troppo 12:23
 Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
 Eschenbach, Christoph
     
 

ALEXANDER BLOK

 

7 Verses, Op. 127 (text by A. Blok)

 
5 No. 1. Ophelia's Song 3:01
 Hai Ye Ni Soloist
     
6 No. 2. Gamayun, Bird of Prophecy 3:47
 Hai Ye Ni Soloist
     
7 No. 3. We were Together 3:22
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
     
8 No. 4. The Town Sleeps 3:05
 Juliette Kang Soloist
     
9 No. 5. The Storm 2:06
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
     
10 No. 6. Secret Signs 4:40
 Hai Ye Ni Soloist
     
 

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

11 No. 7. Music 5:36
 Juliette Kang Soloist


One Five that won... - This release in the successful recording series with The Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director Christoph Eschenbach features Dmitri Shostakovich’s epic and monumental Fifth Symphony, which has become a signature piece of the orchestra. The Largo movement - one of the most heartrendingly beautiful slow movements written by the composer - and the bombastic Finale of this perennially popular work provide for an entrancing super audio listening experience with the world-renowned sound of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Officially viewed as "the practical creative reply of a Soviet artist to just criticism," this symphony was the Russian composer’s mid-career coup - after his music had been politically attacked, he got back into the good graces of both communist officials and the public, who stood and cheered its première in 1937.

An added bonus of this album is the spellbinding song cycle ’Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok’ (1880-1921), making this unusual coupling a unique release; Christoph Eschenbach accompanies on piano the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef and two members of the The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra deservedly takes pride in its long and triumphant association with the music of Shostakovich, beginning with the U.S. premiere of his First Symphony in 1928, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. In fact, through 1973 the Orchestra gave the U.S. and Western premieres of seven of the composer’s symphonies variously, as well as the First Cello Concerto, the First Piano Concerto, and the Five Pieces for Small Orchestra. Since Leopold Stokowski led the first Philadelphia performances of the Fifth Symphony in March 1939, the Orchestra has performed the work many times, as well as featured it on domestic and international tours, including performances in Russia under Eugene Ormandy in 1958.

"As a conductor and on piano, Eschenbach seems to be as intimately familiar with the music of Shostakovich, as he is with Mahler’s works of his predilection."

Gilles Macassar - Télérama magazine - 16 April 2008   ’ffff’
 


"Christoph Eschenbach’s engaged leadership makes audible, how much the orchestra owns of instrumental virtuosity, uniformity in sound, clear intonation and cultivated taste ... His musicianship combines objectivity and meticulousness with well-dosed emotions."

Egon Bezold - klassik.com - 16 April 2008
 


                    Multichannel Disc of the Month
"...none can equal the rich and transparent surround sonics of this live recording. Polyhymnia International were responsible for the recording, and they don’t stint on the surround channels; the rich sound of the orchestra’s massed strings seems even better than it did under Ormandy."

John Sunier -  Audiophile Audition - May 2008
 


"Eschenbach’s live recording of Shostakovich Five with the Philadelphia is a monumental reading, seeking drama in the work’s gaunt architecture... an intensely lyrical performance of the desolate Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok."

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music Magazine - May 2008




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