Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 (2014)

Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

Paavo Jarvi

“I have heard more nonsense about the seventh and eighth symphonies than about any of my other work. Strange, how persistent these stupidities are. At times, I am amazed at how lazy people are when it comes to thinking. Everything that was written about this symphony during the first few days is still repeated unchanged to this day. Surely there has been enough time to think about it.” Evidently, Dmitri Shostakovich felt a strong urge, decades after composing his Symphony No. 7, to prompt listeners (and probably musicians as well) to think carefully about its true significance: for his seventh symphony was surrounded by more than enough ambiguity and unilateral propaganda.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Paavo Jarvi

Paavo Järvi is Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and since 2004 has been Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. His guest-conducting engagements include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staats - kapelle Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker and Staatskappelle Dresden. He is also Conductor Laureate of Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and also holds the position of Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 (2014)

Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

    MusicWeb International - Recording of the Month

Even more impressive is the superb recording, whose perspectives are as close to the concert-hall experience as I’ve heard in a very long time. An unaffected, deeply humanising Seventh; quite possibly the best thing Paavo Järvi has ever done.

Dan Morgan[read full review]

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 (2014)

Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
Producer: Philip Traugott
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

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Symphony No. 7 - I. Allegretto
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Symphony No. 7 - II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
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Symphony No. 7 - III. Adagio
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Symphony No. 7 - IV. Allegro non troppo
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