Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9

Russian National Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Not just his artistic future was at stake. Dimitri Shostakovich’s survival was hanging by a silk thread following the notorious article in Pravda “Chaos versus music”, which was published in 1936. An example was made of his second opera “Lady Macbeth of Mzensk”, which was highly criticized. In doing so, willing officials were implementing Stalin’s guidelines with regard to the socialistic music of the future. This was not the way it should sound.
From that moment onwards, the on the whole valued and respected composer Shostakovich became a persona non grata in the Soviet Union, who would have to tread carefully in the near future, in order to avoid ending up as prey for the hangman in the blink of an eye. Despite this campaign against his compositions, Shostakovich continued to work on his Symphony No.4, for the time being without apparently having learned a lesson from the official threats. In November 1936, to be sure, he withdrew the composition shortly before its première and dedicated himself to a greater extent to writing film music: the latter, no doubt, primarily also for financial reasons – after all, he had to feed his family.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 - Moderato
15:51
2.
Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 - Allegretto
05:47
3.
Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 - Largo
15:36
4.
Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 - Allegro non troppo
12:53
5.
Symphony No. 9 Op. 70 - Allegro
05:31
6.
Symphony No. 9 Op. 70 - Moderato
08:29
7.
Symphony No. 9 Op. 70 - Presto
02:52
8.
Symphony No. 9 Op. 70 - Largo
03:34
9.
Symphony No. 9 Op. 70 - Allegretto - Allegro
06:40

Total time: 01:17:13

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186096

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Mastering Equipment

B&W Nautilus

Microphones

Neumann KM130, DPA 4006, 4011

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

DZZ Studio 5, Moscow

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date April 24, 2015

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