Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 (SACD)

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Artist:
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

This is the fifth disc in the PentaTone Shostakovich Symphonies cycle. To quote the Gramophone: “the Russian National Orchestra’s refinement has opened a new chapter in Russian orchestral playing.”

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Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars

"Mikhail Pletnev delivers a strongly compelling and often illuminating interpretation of Shostakovich's final symphony. Whereas most conductors opt merely for the sardonic and satirical in the first movement's 'toyshop in a cloudless sky', Pletnev emphasises the music's menacing subtext, the muffled trumpet quotations from Rossini's William Tell Overture sounding particularly grim. He maintains a grip over the pregnant pauses and fragmentary lines of the slow movement, the doom-laden atmosphere intensified by some expressive and anguished solo cello playing... the beautifully paced Finale builds up to a very effective and powerful climax..."

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Tracklisting:

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

Shostakovich: Hamlet, Op. 32 (1932 version)