Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 [Download]
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.
|Performers||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