Various Artists

Shostakovich Edition [Includes Interview DVD]

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Packaged in bright USSR crimson, this 27-disc set contains the nearly all the great instrumental works by Dmitry Shostakovich: his 15 symphonies, 15 string quartets, and 6 concertos, plus his sonatas for violin, viola, cello, and piano, plus suites from his two best-known film scores and from all three of his ballet scores, plus both his jazz suites and overtures, plus his Piano Quintet, Second Piano Trio, and all five string quartet orchestrations, plus his ineffably lovely and incredibly brief Novorossisk Chimes. The best recordings here are among the best recordings of the works ever made: David Oistrakh's blazing violin concertos with Mravinsky and Rozhdestvensky and Rudolf Barshai's searing symphonies with the WDR Sinfonieorchester. Some are very good: Theodore Kuchar's thrilling ballet, film, and jazz suites with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and Cristina Ortiz's exciting piano concertos. Some are respectable: the Rubio Quartet's possibly too introspective string quartets and Colin Stone's probably too extroverted piano sonatas. And some but not many are substandard -- Barshai and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi's scrappy and lackluster performances of the string quartet orchestrations. Anyone who loves Shostakovich will surely enjoy the majority of these performances and simply skip lightly over the rest.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43
1
27:11
2
8:45
3
26:02

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
1
15:30
2
5:32
3
13:18
4
11:30
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54
5
18:49
6
5:46
7
6:58

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad)
1
27:22
2
6:41
3
6:42
4
10:05
5
13:34

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
1
5:16
2
5:42
3
2:53
4
3:00
5
7:07
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
6
23:14
7
4:32
8
12:08
9
12:17

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)
1
17:08
2
8:28
3
12:43
4
11:55
5
12:26

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141
1
8:19
2
11:43
3
3:54
4
13:56

Track Listing - Disc 15

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a
1
5:39
2
2:41
3
1:51
4
5:09
5
3:55
6
3:30
The Limpid Stream, suite from the ballet, Op. 39a
7
2:26
8
2:34
9
2:01
10
7:24
11
1:20
The Age of Gold, suite from the ballet, Op. 22a
12
4:00
13
8:46
14
2:14
15
2:10

Track Listing - Disc 19

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
1
6:15
2
11:33
3
5:52
4
4:49
Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126
5
15:44
6
4:20
7
16:18

Track Listing - Disc 21

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 134
1
9:28
2
6:14
3
12:44
Sonata for viola & piano in C major, Op. 147
4
8:27
5
6:57
6
11:50
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