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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: The Symphonies [12 CD Box Set] (2007)

16-06-2016, 14:24
Classical Music | Discography | FLAC / APE

Title: Shostakovich: The Symphonies
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Decca
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (Tracks)/mp3 320 kbps
Total Time: 12:40:21 min
Total Size: 2,93 Gb/1,71 Gb

Allmusic review:

Twenty years in the making, this 2007 cycle of the complete symphonies of Shostakovich marks a milestone in the career of Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Russian émigré pianist turned conductor began the cycle with the Royal Philharmonic in 1987 with the Fifth and followed that with the First and Sixth in 1988, the Second and Ninth in 1989, the Tenth and Fifthteenth in 1990, the Eighth in 1991, and the Third and Twelfth in 1992. He shifted to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic for the Eleventh in 1994 and the Seventh in 1995, and then to the NHK Symphony for the Thirteenth in 2000, and, finally, the Fourth and Fourteenth in 2006. Whatever the orchestra and whenever the date, Ashkenazy's fundamental approach to the composer remained unchanged: this is Shostakovich played big, bright, brawny, and above all heroic. There's passion in his First and pathos in his Eighth, rhetoric in his Second and Third and realism in his Eleventh and Twelfth, but above all there's courage in his Fifth, bravery in his Seventh, triumph in his Tenth, strength in his Thirteenth, and against-all-odds victory in his Fifthteenth. The Fourth and Fourteenth, the last recorded symphonies, are leaner in texture, darker in tone, and sterner in manner then the rest but no less persuasive. Each orchestra's playing is highly individualistic -- the English Royal Philharmonic is warmly colored, the Russian St. Petersburg Philharmonic is strongly rhythmic, and the Japanese NHK Symphony is brilliantly virtuosic -- but each plays with consummate musicality and obvious affection for Ashkenazy. Considering the variety of venues, Decca's lush digital sound is remarkably consistent. Compared with Barshai's ardent authenticity, Mravinsky's grim austerity, Kondrashin's urgent advocacy, and Rozhdestvensky's violent irony, Ashkenazy's direct approach may seem too straightforward for some listeners, but his honesty, sincerity, and efficacy cannot be denied.

By the way, the NHK Fourth is a new recording. Ashkenazy first recorded the work in 1989 with the Royal Philharmonic. And for the record, the earlier performance is bigger, brighter, brawnier, and more unambiguously heroic than the later performance.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: The Symphonies [12 CD Box Set] (2007)
CD 1

Symphony No.1 In F Minor, Op.10

01. Allegretto — Allegro Non Troppo
02. Allegro
03. Lento
04. Allegro Molto — Lento — Allegro Molto

Symphony No.6 In В Minor, Op.54
05. Largo
06. Allegro
07. Presto

CD 2

01. Festival Overture, Op.96
02. October, Op.131 Symphonic Poem

03. Symphony No.2 In В Major, Op.14 “To October”
Largo — Allegro Molto — "My Shli, My Prosili Raboty I Khleba"

Brighton Festival Chorus
Director: Laszlo Heltay

The Song Of The Forests, Op.81
04. When The War Ended
05. We Will Clothe Our Homeland With Forests
06. Memories Of The Past
07. The Pioneers Plant The Forests
08. The Young Communists Go Forth
09. A Walk In The Future
10. Glory

Mikhail Kotliarov - Tenor
Nikita Storojev - Bass
Brighton Festival Chorus
Director: Laszlo Heltay
New London Children's Choir
Director: Ronald Corp

CD 3

Symphony No.12 In D Minor, Op.112 “The Year 1917”

01. Revolutionary Petrograd
02. Razliv
03. Aurora
04. The Dawn Of Humanity

Symphony No.3 In E Flat Major, Op.20 “The First Of May”
05. Allegretto — Allegro —
06. Andante —
07. Allegro — Largo —
08. "V Pervoye Pervoye Maya" (Moderato)

The Bach Choir
Director: Sir David Willcocks

CD 4

Symphony No.4 In С Minor, Op.43

01. Allegro Poco Moderato —
02. Presto
03. Moderato Con Moto
04. Largo —
05. Allegro

CD 5

Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.47

01. Moderato
02. Allegretto
03. Largo
04. Allegro Non Troppo

Five Fragments, Op.42
05. Moderato
06. Andante
07. Largo
08. Moderato
09. Allegretto

CD 6

01. Shostakovich's Broadcast From Besieged Leningrad In 1941

Symphony No.7 In С Major, Op.60 "Leningrad"

02. Allegretto
03. Moderato (Poco Allegretto)
04. Adagio
05. Allegro Non Troppo

CD 7

01. Funeral And Triumphal Prelude, Op.130

Symphony No.8 In С Minor, Op.65
02. Adagio — Allegro Non Troppo
03. Allegretto
04. Allegro Non Troppo
05. Largo
06. Allegretto
07. Novorossiisk Chimes

CD 8

Chamber Symphony, Op.110a

(String Quartet No.8 In С Minor, Op.110 Orchestrated By Rudolf Barshai)
01. Largo —
02. Allegro Molto
03. Allegretto —
04. Largo —
05. Largo

Symphony No. 10 In E Minor, Op.93
06. Moderato
07. Allegro
08. Allegretto
09. Andante - Allegro

CD 9

Symphony No.11 In G Minor, Op.103 "The Year 1905"

01. The Palace Square: Adagio
02. January: Allegro
03. In Memoriam: Adagio
04. Tocsin: Allegro Non Troppo

CD 10

Symphony No.13 In В Flat Minor, Op.113 "Babi Yar"

01. Babi Yar (Adagio)
02. Humour (Allegretto)
03. In The Store (Adagio)
04. Fears (Largo)
05. A Career (Allegretto)

Sergei Koptchak - Baritone
Nikikai Chorus Group

CD 11

Symphony No.14, Op.135

01. De Profundis (Adagio)
02. Malaguena (Allegretto)
03. Lorelei (Allegro Molto)
04. The Suicide (Adagio)
05. On Watch (Allegretto)
06. Madam, Look! (Adagio)
07. At The Sante Jail (Adagio)
08. The Zaporozhean Cossacks' Answer To The
Sultan Of Constantinople (Allegro)
09. O Delvig, Delvig! (Andante)
10. The Poet's Death (Largo)
11. Conclusion (Moderato)

Joan Rodgers - Soprano
Sergei Koptchak - Baritone

CD 12

Symphony No.9 In E Flat Major, Op.70

01. Allegro
02. Moderato
03. Presto
04. Largo
05. Allegretto — Allegro

Symphony No.15 In A Major, Op.141
06. Allegretto
07. Adagio — Largo — Adagio — Largo
08. Allegretto
09. Adagio — Allegretto — Adagio — Allegretto

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