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Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Leningrad") (2003) {SACD}

29-03-2015, 12:38
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Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Leningrad") (2003) {SACD}

Artist: Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra
Title Of Album: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Leningrad")
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Decca
Genre: Classical
Format: Super Audio CD
Quality: DST 2.0 / DSD 5.1; Image (ISO)
Bitrate: 64 (2,8 MHz/1 Bit)
Time: 01:18:36 min
Size: 3,85 Gb
WWW: allmusic

By its very nature, patriotism is vulgar: loud and proud, bombastic and sentimental, and wholeheartedly simple-minded. Or is that less a description of patriotism than a prГ©cis of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7? Written during the siege of Leningrad at the start of the Great Patriotic War, the Seventh is incredibly vulgar -- critics at its American premiere savaged it for its banality -- and incredibly effective. Its trite themes, its hackneyed harmonies, its straight-four rhythms, its primary color scoring, its "play it to the last row of the balcony" climaxes: all of these things are vulgar, but all of them are -- in the right performance -- overwhelmingly effective and altogether inspiring. In this performance by Valery Gergiev conducting the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seventh is incredibly vulgar and unbelievably loud, proud, bombastic, and sentimental. But it is also incredibly effective: the opening Allegretto is monstrously evil and absolutely devastating, the following Moderato is quiet but deadly, the following Adagio is heartbreakingly mournful, the closing Allegro non troppo is enormously celebratory, and the entire work is a colossal monument to patriotism. The conjoined Kirov and Rotterdam orchestras play with all the bloodthirsty enthusiasm of the Red Army taking Berlin in 1945, and Philips' sound gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger until the walls of the Reichstag come crashing down. Vulgar or not, this is as great a recording of Shostakovich's Seventh as there has ever been.


Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Leningrad") (2003) {SACD}
1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
3. III. Adagio
4. IV. Allegro non troppo
Live Recording




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