Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 [download]
Release date: 5 October 2018
LSO0822-D | 0822231182269
Digital Booklet notes in English, French and German
Total playing time: 65m 08s
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live in DSD 256FS at the Barbican Hall, London
08 April 2018
**** ‘Noseda’s Shostakovich 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra is like no other.’
Ludwig van Toronto (Lebrecht Listens)
‘Under the exemplary direction of Gianandrea Noseda, they have produced (in surround sound of the greatest impact) a highly competitive reading of striking weight and power.'
Classical CD Choice
‘A graphic, questioning, ultimately despairing performance.’
The Sunday Times – Album of the Week
‘Great pacing, and sense of slow burning... a really effective reading overall’
BBC Radio 3 – Record Review
‘It was all there in Gianandrea Noseda’s outstanding performance with the London Symphony Orchestra. With fluid, unshowy gestures, the Italian conductor let the music tell its own story.
‘Such a fine performance, with the LSO on magnificent form’
London Symphony Orchestra
Composed against a cataclysmic backdrop of Stalinist oppression and the Second World War, Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is a deeply affecting poem of suffering. The composer described it as ‘an attempt to reflect the terrible tragedy of war’, and it contains some of the most terrifying music he ever wrote.
Here, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with intensity and understanding, allowing the music to tell its own story as it travels from darkness into light, yearning more for peace than for victory.
One of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda holds several high-profile international positions in addition to his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, including Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. His previous releases on LSO Live include acclaimed interpretations of the Verdi Requiem and Britten War Requiem, and this recording follows the digital release of Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, which will receive a full release in October 2019 coupled with the composer’s First Symphony.
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