Shostakovich: Symphony No 8

  • Catalogue Number LSO0527
    UPC 822231102724

    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

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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.


Composer   Shostakovich
Conductor   Mstislav Rostropovich
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 8 in C Minor: I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
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

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