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Stanislaw Skrowaczewski - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



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AMER 90060
EAN: 4260019712547
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP
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One of the most fascinating aspects of Dmitri Shostakovich's music was and still remains his aesthetic ambiguity, the likes of which is almost impossible to find in modern music. The Fifth Symphony in particular is regarded as an excellent example of how, during Stalin's regime, Shostakovich outwardly remained true to the regulations concerning art while still managing not to forfeit his own artistic freedom and identity. Conceived in a classical vein, the work is filled with powerful motion and Russian song, even going almost as far as late-Romantic transfiguration. But this idyll is deceptive. Again and again the apparent harmony is disrupted by biting sarcasm: the spirited main theme of the first movement soon stiffens into a march-like farce, while in the untroubled second movement a shrill motif in the winds tears apart the cheerful mood. Skorwacziewski amalgamates the contrasting tender sweetness of the violins and the violence of the attacking wind instruments in his precise and sparing interpretation, which is free of sugary expression and forced dynamics.

1. Moderato
2. Allegretto
3. Largo
4. Allegro Non Troppo

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Try it you like Russian music

posted on 09/05/2006
4 Stars
Reviewer: Rick
This is Russian orchestral music of the best kind. The Speakers Corner pressing is a superb pressing for a re-issue.

The sound is excellent with killer bass and large volumes of air in the hall. The recording perspective is fairly close.

Although it is not a match for Shostakovitch conducting this same piece on the old EMI Melodia (which would be very hard to find on LP).

This reissue is a must have for music and sound. If you need at least one piece of Shostakovitch's music the #5 is the one to have.

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