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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7

Release date: 01 Apr 2015, 5186511


Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Järvi


Dmitri Shostakovich




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Diapason d'or de l'année 2015

A "Leningrad" symphony without lead weight but a radical setting, the bet is held in Moscow by Paavo Järvi, who then conducted one of his best records. [...] Recorded in the near perfection at the head of a Russian National great days, Paavo Järvi is a great force in the development of every detail and requirement of a deep dramatic continuity.

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month in April and Year 2015

You simply won’t hear a more thoughtful and revealing performance of the Leningrad than this... Even more impressive is the superb recording, whose perspectives are as close to the concert-hall experience as I’ve heard in a very long time... An unaffected, deeply humanising Seventh; quite possibly the best thing Paavo Järvi has ever done.

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Symphony No. 7, Op. 60 (1941) 72:53   $
I. Allegretto 26:17   $
II. Moderato (poco allegretto) 11:45   $
III. Adagio 17:16   $
IV. Allegro non troppo 17:35   $

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It is hard to escape the incredible pull of Symphony No. 7, knowing the background to its composition and its general significance. Shostakovich began to work on the actual composition in July 1941 in Leningrad, where he wrote the first three movements under constant attack from the enemy; and after his evacuation from the city besieged by German troops, he completed the Finale and the instrumentation in Kuibyschev in December 1941.

This outstanding work achieves its true dimensions thanks to the sophisticated and polished conductor Paavo Järvi conducting the Russian National Orchestra in this recording. Needless to say he elevates the composition to an even higher level. The round and open sound of PENTATONE’s multichannel recording on SACD assures an honest yet captivating listening experience.

“Even before the war, hardly a family could be found in Leningrad that had not suffered a loss: the father, the son; and if not a family member, then a close friend. Everyone had someone to mourn. But you had to cry softly, under your blanket. You could not let anyone see you: everyone was afraid of everyone else. We were crushed, suffocated by grief. It choked us all, including me. I had to turn it into music, I felt it was my duty and obligation. I had to write a requiem for all those who had died, for all those who had been tortured.”(Extract from Shostakovich’s posthumously published memoirs: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich).

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7

Category Orchestral

Period Early 20th, Late 20th

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