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Symphony no. 8

Author: Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Marius Iansons; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Publisher: New York, NY : EMI Classics, ℗2001.
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Shostakovich's grim Eighth Symphony was written in 1943 and premiered by its dedicatee, Evgeny Mravinsky, whose recordings of the work still stand supreme. Now, Mariss Jansons, who as a young conductor was mentored by Mravinsky, leads his Pittsburgh players in a stellar concert performance recorded live. Orchestral execution is first-rate, and Jansons doesn't smooth over or prettify the hourlong work, soaked in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Live sound recordings
Streaming audio
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Additional Physical Format: Source record:
Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich, 1906-1975.
Symphony no. 8.
New York, NY : EMI Classics, ℗2001
(OCoLC)49013807
Material Type: Music, Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Marius Iansons; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
OCLC Number: 840329214
Performer(s): Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ; Mariss Jansons, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded live, Feb. 9-11, 2001, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Contents: Symphony no. 8, op. 65 (1943) in C minor (63:00) --
Mariss Jansons in rehearsal with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (12:41).
Other Titles: Symphonies,
Responsibility: Shostakovich.

Abstract:

Shostakovich's grim Eighth Symphony was written in 1943 and premiered by its dedicatee, Evgeny Mravinsky, whose recordings of the work still stand supreme. Now, Mariss Jansons, who as a young conductor was mentored by Mravinsky, leads his Pittsburgh players in a stellar concert performance recorded live. Orchestral execution is first-rate, and Jansons doesn't smooth over or prettify the hourlong work, soaked in the composer's bitterness about the Nazi and Stalinist brutality that stamped his life with fear and loathing. The long opening Adagio, with its brooding strings and pitiless brass eruptions, is shattering, as are the following grotesque Allegretto and the relentlessly powerful third movement. The final two movements maintain the bleak mood, though the finale tries to recover a measure of joy amid the gloom. Jansons and his orchestra sustain this potent work's intensity throughout, confirming the Eighth as one of the composer's most important and fully realized works. The filler is an interesting rehearsal excerpt.

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