Shostakovich - Symphonies No. 5 & 1 (2020)

Shostakovich

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra continue their Shostakovich cycle with a pairing of the iconic Fifth Symphony alongside the composer's First.

Few pieces of classical music have been the subject of so much debate and discussion as the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. Following the 'justified criticism' of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk the Fifth marked a a turning point in his career, after which he balanced an even more precarious position as an artist under Stalin’s brutal regime.

Completed by the composer at just 18 years old, Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled him into the international spotlight. Breathtakingly unpredictable, the piece charts a course through soundscapes of blazing passion, melancholy introspection, and caustic humor.

Political and artistic pressures coincided many times in the course of Shostakovich’s career, but never more intensely than in the year 1937 when the Fifth Symphony was composed. Early in 1936 his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the ballet The Limpid Stream had been officially condemned, and in consequence, he felt obliged to withdraw his Fourth Symphony before its scheduled premiere.

These works, which are full of a wayward, dissonant genius, made no concession to the official doctrine of Socialist Realism, and the bleak endings of both Opera and Symphony directly contradicted the optimism then expected from Soviet artists. 

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Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his genera­tion. He is Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year.

Gianandrea Noseda’s appointment as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007 ushered in a transformative era for the company: his initiatives have propelled the Teatro Regio Torino onto the global stage, where it has become one of Italy’s most important cultural exports. Under his leadership the Teatro Regio Torino has launched its first tours outside of Torino with performances in Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan and Russia. In August 2014 Gianandrea Noseda brought the Teatro Regio Torino to the Edinburgh Festival for its United Kingdom debut. In December 2014 he also led the Teatro Regio Torino in a historic first, and critically acclaimed, tour of North America with concert per­formances of William Tell in Chicago (Harris Theater), Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall) and Ann Arbor, Michigan (University Musical Society).

Gianandrea Noseda is Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011, he has performed with the orchestra in Israel and has led a successful seven cities tour in the US in spring 2014. He is also Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival (Italy). He was at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic from 2002 to 2011. In 1997 he was appointed the first foreign Princi­pal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, a position he held for a decade.

London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

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Shostakovich - Symphonies No. 5 & 1 (2020)

Shostakovich

London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Recording location: recorded at the Barbican, London

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - I. Moderato - Allegro non troppo
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - II. Allegretto
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - III. Largo
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - IV. Allegro non troppo - Allegro
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - I. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - II. Allegro - Meno mosso - Allegro - Meno mosso
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - III. Lento - Largo - Lento
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - IV. Allegro molto - Lento - Allegro molto - Meno
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