Shostakovich - Symphonies 5 & 12 ‘The Year 1917’ | Praga Digitals DSD350122

Shostakovich - Symphonies 5 & 12 ‘The Year 1917’

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: DSD350122

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 24th June 2016

Contents

Artists

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Yevgeny Mravinsky

Works

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.47
Symphony no.12 in D minor, op.112 'The Year 1917'

Artists

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Yevgeny Mravinsky

About

Shostakovich was genuinely trying to break new ground but had been sharply brought into line (viz. the edict issued against his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk). His Fifth Symphony seems to cast doubt on the Marxist purity of the Party in power. He conveyed his rage in unexpectedly neo-Mahlerian style, but concluded with politically correct optimism.

A quarter of a century later he produced ‘The Year 1917’, a skilfully produced commission which sounds like a film score.

Even today Mravinsky is still the most effective interpreter of these pieces, capable of rendering both their intrinsic power and resounding ambiguities.

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