Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7

Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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As conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra continue their journey through Shostakovich’s symphonies with their fifth Stereo and 5 Channel DSD album in the cycle. These releases span the composer’s lifetime. And they are all available from NativeDSD.

On this album, Noseda and the LSO take on one of his biggest creations—the Seventh. Written during the siege of Leningrad in World War II, it is shattering in scale and impact. For Noseda, “you can hear the march of the soldiers, the obsessive repetition, a loop you cannot escape,” in the relentless, pounding rhythms, the struggle towards a fragile victory.

This album, recorded at Barbican Hall in December 2019, is an exhilarating step on the LSO’s journey through Shostakovich’s symphony cycle under the expert leadership of Gianandrea Noseda.

“Certain moments in history gave composers the possibility of saying something deeply personal”, says LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. “And Shostakovich speaks equally to us today”.

London Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor


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"Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, ""Leningrad"" - I. Allegretto"
"Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, ""Leningrad"" - II. Moderato (poco allegretto)"
"Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, ""Leningrad"" - III. Adagio"
"Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, ""Leningrad"" - IV. Allegro non troppo"

Total time: 01:14:02

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Release DateFebruary 3, 2022

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MusicWeb International

I was fortunate to be at the concert that was the source of this recording and reviewed it very favourably. Now, score in hand, I can see that one source of its excellence is Noseda’s scrupulous attention to the expression marks.

1 review for Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7

    As it happened, I had the opportunity to compare the DXD (384kHz PCM in FLAC files) recording of this live performance with the original DSD 256 version in Stereo.

    Leaving aside, for the moment, the quality of the performance the quality of the recording is about as good as it gets. But my home-made DAC revealed noticeable differences between the two formats:

    On the DXD version, the differences between oboe and cor anglais, piccolo and flute were discernible, but required an increase of the amplifier gain to be sure. On the DSD version, the differences were immediately obvious even at low sound levels. On DXD, the brass sounded a little plastic, but on DSD it opened up into a whole section of different instruments lucidly.

    Both the performance and the recording have a massive dynamic range, as they should for this exploration of fascism, Russian or Nazi military might and the corresponding fear. Noseda manages to maintain listener interest throughout all of the 73 minutes of this long symphony. Other performances take much longer and may drag a little in the later movements, but not this one.

    The famous military theme with almost inaudible snare drum (at first) starts off so quietly (like Ravel’s Bolero) that it is necessary to turn the volume up cautiously, bearing in mind the size of the crescendo that has just been embarked upon.

    The second movement has myriad instruments playing the beautiful themes, including three flutes (one of them an alto, I think) and a bass clarinet. Highly enjoyable. The LSO woodwinds are particularly tight, and obviously enjoying themselves.

    The later movements are less distinctive, but Noseda brings the whole symphony to a very satisfying conclusion. Not sure who won; was it the Nazis or the Russians.

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