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Shostakovich - The Fifteen Symphonies

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Catalogue numberBIS-2593 SACD
Release date2021-06-04
Discs10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz, 24-bit except discs 3, 4, 7, 6 (2nd half)
Total time730:04

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Mark Wigglesworth recorded his cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies between 1996 and 2010, collaborating with two different orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In spite of the long gestation and the change of orchestra midway, the cycle was described as one never ‘compromising its particular characteristics of high seriousness, fine detailing and a certain fierceness of articulation’ (Gramophone). Already the first instalment, Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’, raised expectations, for instance with the reviewer in The Sunday Telegraph: ‘There is plenty of competition among Shostakovich cycles, but this one will deserve serious consideration.’ And 17 years later, on the release of the final disc, The Guardian could report that ‘Wigglesworth's cycle emerges as one of the finest of recent time’.

What particularly impressed reviewers was Mark Wigglesworth’s faithfulness to the score and sharp ear for detail, and the structural clarity he achieved even with the most complex works without sacrificing any of their impact and emotional power. Also receiving acclaim throughout the series were the recordings themselves and their superior sound quality, an aspect that has been enhanced even further for this boxed set, now that the five symphonies that were released first, and on CD, have been re-mastered for Surround Sound and SACD to match the rest.
 
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Extra material for download
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Shostakovich, Dmitri
  Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op.10 32:24
01 I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo 08:42 $ 2.09 USD
02 II. Allegro - Meno mosso - Allegro - Meno mosso 05:11 $ 1.24 USD
03 III. Lento - Largo - Lento - 08:30 $ 2.04 USD
04 IV. Allegro molto - Lento - Allegro molto - Meno mosso -
Allegro molto - Adagio - Largo - Più mosso - Presto
10:01 $ 2.40 USD
 
  Symphony No.2 in B flat major (To October), Op.14 20:24
05 Largo - 05:37 $ 1.35 USD
06 Fig.13 (152) - Poco meno mosso - Allegro molto - 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
07 Fig.29 (152) - Meno mosso - Moderato - 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
08 Fig.69 Chorus: 'My shli, my prosili raboty i khleba' 07:24 $ 1.78 USD
 
  Symphony No.3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op.20 28:16
09 Allegretto - Più mosso - 03:44 $ 0.90 USD
10 Più mosso - Meno mosso - 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
11 Allegro - 03:50 $ 0.92 USD
12 Andante - Meno mosso - Lento - 04:55 $ 1.18 USD
13 Allegro - Poco meno mosso - Allegro molto - Meno mosso - 05:29 $ 1.32 USD
14 Andante - Largo - 03:23 $ 0.81 USD
15 Moderato. Chorus: 'V pervoye Pervoye maya' 05:20 $ 1.28 USD
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No.4 in C minor, Op.43 66:43
01 I. Allegro poco moderato 29:26 $ 7.06 USD
02 II. Moderato con moto 08:45 $ 2.10 USD
03 III. Largo - Allegro 28:32 $ 6.85 USD
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 52:16
01 I. Moderato 19:41 $ 4.72 USD
02 II. Allegretto 05:32 $ 1.33 USD
03 III. Largo 15:34 $ 3.74 USD
04 IV. Allegro non troppo 11:29 $ 2.76 USD
 
  Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.54 30:51
05 I. Largo 17:34 $ 4.22 USD
06 II. Allegro 06:04 $ 1.46 USD
07 III. Presto 07:13 $ 1.73 USD
 
 
Disc 4
  Symphony No.7 in C major (Leningrad), Op.60 79:19
01 I. Allegretto 29:16 $ 7.02 USD
02 II. Moderato (poco allegretto) 12:15 $ 2.94 USD
03 III. Adagio, Trio 19:08 $ 4.59 USD
04 IV. Allegro non troppo 18:40 $ 4.48 USD
 
 
Disc 5
  Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65 69:51
01 I. Adagio 29:10 $ 7.00 USD
02 II. Allegretto 07:00 $ 1.68 USD
03 III. Allegro non troppo 06:47 $ 1.63 USD
04 IV. Largo 10:35 $ 2.54 USD
05 V. Allegretto 16:19 $ 3.92 USD
 
 
Disc 6
  Symphony No.9 in E flat major, Op.70 25:04
01 I. Allegro 05:39 $ 1.36 USD
02 II. Moderato 06:09 $ 1.48 USD
03 III. Presto 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
04 IV. Largo 03:11 $ 0.76 USD
05 V. Allegretto - Allegro 07:03 $ 1.69 USD
 
  Symphony No.14, Op.135 57:00
06 De profundis 05:49 $ 1.40 USD
07 Malagueña 02:52 $ 0.69 USD
08 Loreley 09:16 $ 2.22 USD
09 The Suicide 07:26 $ 1.78 USD
10 On the Watch 03:15 $ 0.78 USD
11 Madam, look! 02:08 $ 0.51 USD
12 In the Santé Prison 11:23 $ 2.73 USD
13 The Zaporozhian Cossacks' Answer to the Sultan of
Constantinople
02:09 $ 0.52 USD
14 O Delvig, Delvig! 05:06 $ 1.22 USD
15 The Poet's Death 05:46 $ 1.38 USD
16 Conclusion 01:50 $ 0.44 USD
 
 
Disc 7
  Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93 56:42
01 I. Moderato 26:04 $ 6.26 USD
02 II. Allegro 04:14 $ 1.02 USD
03 III. Allegretto - Largo - Più mosso 13:10 $ 3.16 USD
04 IV. Andante - Allegro - L'istesso tempo 13:14 $ 3.18 USD
 
 
Disc 8
  Symphony No.11 (The Year 1905), Op.103 63:40
01 I. The Palace Square 16:27 $ 3.95 USD
02 II. The Ninth of January 19:49 $ 4.76 USD
03 III. In memoriam 12:18 $ 2.95 USD
04 IV. The Tocsin 15:06 $ 3.62 USD
 
 
Disc 9
  Symphony No.12 in D minor (The Year 1917), Op.112 37:56
01 I. Revolutionary Petrograd 13:02 $ 3.13 USD
02 II. Razliv 10:25 $ 2.50 USD
03 III. Aurora 03:56 $ 0.94 USD
04 IV. The Dawn of Humanity 10:33 $ 2.53 USD
 
  Symphony No.15 in A major, Op.141 46:46
05 I. Allegretto 09:05 $ 2.18 USD
06 II. Adagio - Largo - Adagio - Allegretto 15:44 $ 3.78 USD
07 III. Allegretto 04:36 $ 1.10 USD
08 IV. Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto 17:21 $ 4.16 USD
 
 
Disc 10
  Symphony No.13 in B flat minor (Babi Yar), Op.113 62:20
01 I. Babi Yar. Adagio 16:18 $ 3.91 USD
02 II. Humour. Allegretto 08:29 $ 2.04 USD
03 III. In the Store. Adagio 12:13 $ 2.93 USD
04 IV. Fears. Largo 12:11 $ 2.92 USD
05 V. A Career. Allegretto 13:09 $ 3.16 USD
 
  Album total 730:04
ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri
OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorWigglesworth, Mark
ChoirNetherlands Radio Choir
BassRootering, Jan-Hendrik
Tomlinson, John
SopranoRodgers, Joan

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