Shostakovich - Under Stalinís Shadow: Symphonies 5, 8 & 9
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4795201
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 27th May 2016
WorksHamlet Suite, op.32a
Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.47
Symphony no.8 in C minor, op.65
Symphony no.9 in E flat major, op.70
ArtistsBoston Symphony Orchestra
Even though he is only in his mid 30s, Andris Nelsons has had a long journey with Shostakovich. He is one of the last conductors of his generation who still grew up in the Russian and, more especially, the Soviet musical tradition ever since he started his training as a conductor. He studied in St Petersburg with Alexander Titov and also with Mariss Jansons. His new orchestra has had a great tradition in performing many of Shostakovichís works in America for the first time.
This recording provides a kaleidoscope of Shostakovichís struggle with historical events and political pressures. The pre-war eclectic but accessible and popular Fifth Symphony, in which he would seem to bow to political pressure, ensured his temporary rehabilitation. The beautiful but dark and gloomy mid-war Eighth provoked yet again his fall from favour and instead of providing the political authorities with a triumphant post-war Ninth Symphony, Shostakovich wrote a light Haydnesque work which would not be performed until after Stalinís death. Selections from the Hamlet Suite, possibly Shostakovichís best film score, rounds out this 2-CD set.
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