Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 - 'The Year 1905'

  • Catalogue Number LSO0535
    UPC 822231103523

    James Mallinson producer
    Tony Faulkner sound engineer

    Recorded March 2002, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Grammy Awards Nomination
    Best Orchestral Recording

    Grammy Awards Nomination
    Best Engineered Classical Recording

    Discs of 2002 'Abounds with atmosphere, vigor, and brutal force.'
    New Yorker

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    'Heightened, almost unbearable tension. With releases like this ... the label has quickly established itself on the international scene.'
    New York Times

    'A searing performance ... with the LSO on truly staggering form. Rostropovich has something unique to say about this work.' Gramophone

    'The slowly unfolding menace of the opening Adagio is brilliantly captured in this live recording by Rostropovich and the LSO, who make us feel the full terror of the work's violence. A masterly account.'
    The Independent

    'A thrilling and convincing performance.' The Guardian

    'Deeply felt and superbly executed.' BBC Music Magazine


Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra

When the late Mstislav Rostropovich conducted Shostakovich's music, the results were never less than sensational. The two were close friends and Rostropovich had a unique understanding of the composer's works. The Eleventh Symphony takes a cinematic approach to recounting events surrounding the 1905 Russian revolution. But the intensity of Rostropovich's interpretation and his personal insight point towards Shostakovich's real intentions.

Composer   Shostakovich
Conductor   Mstislav Rostropovich
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905': I. Palace Square: Adagio
2. Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905': II. 9 January: Allegro
3. Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905': III. In memoriam: Adagio
4. Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905': IV. Tocsin: Allegro non troppo

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