Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 [Download]
Catalogue Number LSO0527-D
James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer
Recorded November 2004, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
The Daily Telegraph’s Classical CDs of the Year
'All the searing intensity, perceptiveness and magnificent playing that made this such a memorable performance survives on this recording. No one has a more intimate knowledge of Shostakovich's musical psyche that his long-time friend Rostropovich and that insight exudes from every pore of his interpretation ... this must surely be the benchmark for this shattering work.'
BBC Music Magazine’s Disc of the Month
'[Rostropovich] must have been amazed and moved by the playing of the LSO. You can only sit and wonder whether, in terms of pity and terror, musical expression could possibly go further.'
The Sunday Times’ CD of the Week
'Anyone present at Barbican Hall last November knows what a moving performance of this symphony Rostropovich and the LSO delivered.'
'A performance that grips at every moment, with orchestral playing to match.'
Classic FM Magazine
Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra
Although it was written at a time of great optimism in the Soviet Union with the Nazis in retreat, Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony is imbued with a deep sense of sorrow and fear of the future. Whereas the authorities expected a victorius anthem, Shostakovich appeared too affected by the bloody cost of the war. Mstislav Rostropovich again proved that no other conductor is able to so intimately understand the feelings of his dear friend.
|London Symphony Orchestra
2. Symphony No 8 in C Minor: II. Allegretto
3. Symphony No 8 in C Minor: III. Allegro non troppo
4. Symphony No 8 in C Minor: IV. Largo
5. Symphony No 8 in C Minor: V. Allegretto