Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 [download]

  • Release date: 5 October 2018
    LSO0822-D | 0822231182269
    Digital Booklet notes in English, French and German
    Total playing time: 65m 08s

    Producer: Nicholas Parker
    Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live in DSD 256FS at the Barbican Hall, London
    08 April 2018


Gianandrea Noseda 
London Symphony Orchestra

Composed against a cataclysmic backdrop of Stalinist oppression and the Second World War, Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is a deeply affecting poem of suffering. The composer described it as ‘an attempt to reflect the terrible tragedy of war’, and it contains some of the most terrifying music he ever wrote. 

Here, Gianandrea Noseda conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with intensity and understanding, allowing the music to tell its own story as it travels from darkness into light, yearning more for peace than for victory. 

One of the leading conductors of his generation, Gianandrea Noseda holds several high-profile international positions in addition to his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, including Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. His previous releases on LSO Live include acclaimed interpretations of the Verdi Requiem and Britten War Requiem, and this recording follows the digital release of Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, which will receive a full release in October 2019 coupled with the composer’s First Symphony.

Composer   Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor   Gianandrea Noseda
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1-5: Symphony No 8 in C Minor:
I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo -
IV. Largo -
V. Allegretto

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