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- Valery Gergiev continues his acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle with his sixth release, a 2-SACD set of consecutive symphonies 4, 5 & 6.
Shostakovich's symphonies are often emotionally powerful and the three symphonies performed here are a particularly compelling and riveting combination. The tortuous difficulty of adhering to vaguely articulated
political dictats shaped the evolution of Shostakovich’s music. Yet it is his sophisticated employment of musical codes that enabled him to maintain his creative integrity. There is no better illustration of his ability to tread a fine line between acclaim and condemnation than the experience he faced during the 1930s: the period when these symphonies were composed.
Previous releases in Gergiev’s Shostakovich cycle include Symphonies Nos 1 & 15, Symphonies Nos 2 & 11, Symphonies Nos 3 & 10 and Symphony No 7.
MAR0502 SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONIES NOS 1 & 15
"These works are meat and drink for Gergiev’s outstanding Mariinsky players" The Sunday Times, DISC OF THE WEEK
MAR0507 SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONIES NOS 2 & 11
MAR0511 SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONIES NOS 3 & 10
"This superbly recorded disc remains, for me at least, one of the few indespensable Shostakovich CDs of recent years" Gramophone, Editor's Choice
MAR0533 SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO 7
"Gergiev...achieving mesmeric cumulative power which is helped in no small measure by the superbly responsive orchestral playing and the tremendous dynamic range of the recording." BBC Music Magazine PERFORMANCE **** SOUND *****
- Mariinsky Orchestra
- 2 SACD - 0h 0mn 2s
release date. 2014-06-02