Shostakovich: Symphony No 4
Release date: 4 October 2019
LSO0832 | 822231183228
Hybrid SACD | Jewel case
SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live at Barbican Hall, November 2018
‘An orchestra must be able to supply characterful wind playing (often stratospherically shrill), weighty brass and string playing of breadth and flexibility. The LSO have all these qualities in abundance and their principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda drives them on to elicit a thrilling performance…Highly recommended.’
The Birmingham Post / Midlands Music Reviews
‘After the success of the Symphony No. 8 , Gianandrea Noseda confirms his deep affinities with this music, which - no doubt thanks to his great experience as an opera conductor. We await the continuation of the cycle with interest, because a great master in the interpretation of Shostakovich is being born.’
‘The pungent flavour of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 is on full display thanks to the London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda…the powerhouse work delivered with passion and a steely conviction.’
Winnipeg Free Press
'Conductor Gianandrea Noseda taps into the symphony's scintillating colours and savours their nuances while also not shying away from their thunder. And even then, the sound is radiant in its transparency, capturing the composer's boldness from the first note right to the last.'
'A technically brilliant ensemble, the large-sized London Symphony Orchestra succeeds in masterfully showcasing the composer's structural elements and incomparable instrumentation skills. Together with the remarkably musical conductor Noseda, the Fourth becomes a beacon of musical-spiritual force. What an incredibly vibrant recording!'
London Symphony Orchestra
Experience the London Symphony Orchestra at full strength as LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda continues his survey of Shostakovich with the monumental Fourth Symphony.
Shostakovich at one point thought his Fourth Symphony was the best thing he’d ever written. Extravagant and challenging in equal measure, it’s a work of epic proportions, requiring over 100 musicians including large percussion and brass sections. Owing to Soviet censure, the work went unperformed for almost 30 years after it was completed, until in 1961 it was revealed as one of the significant milestones of the composer’s output, the work that solidified him as a master symphonist.
|London Symphony Orchestra
2. Symphony No 4 in C Minor, Op. 43, II. Moderato con moto
3. Symphony No 4 in C Minor, Op. 43, III. Largo - Allegro