HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodyia) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 8 (Kondrashin)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another marvellous Shostakovich
This Symphony has always been regarded the centrepiece of a trilogy, beginning with the Fifth Symphony and ending with the Tenth. Written and accomplished in the brief of two months and just and few days, the score is further of what we might label a patriotic event or worse still a heartfelt homage in memory of Leningrad’ s fallen victims. As a matter of fact, the same day of the premiere on November 4th 1943, Ilya Ehrenburg had the bold courage to state and we cite “I had suddenly heard the voice of the ancient chorus in Greek tragedy”.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin

Vinyl 1972
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.19 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Possibly this slow, reflexive, and engrossing First movement is the key to understand plainly the meaning of this Op. signed by the horror and oppressive anguish that somehow reminds us to the spirit of the First movement of the Fifth. Profound laceration, existential mood, it should not to banish us it would be identified and labelled as sombre, tragic and hovered by an inveterate pessimism. The best and most forceful of this statement was the fact this Symphony had to wait to be premiered in Prague in September 29th 1969, whereas the gelid prohibition had somehow weakened after Prague’s siege.

The Allegro molto is by far, one of the most horrifying and oppressive movements ever written. It epitomizes vividly the horror in all its crude nakedness and essence. This is precisely the premiered record of this work in Prague, so it’s a musical document of invaluable importance to be missed of your golden collection. Kondrashin really amazes with his febrile impetus at the front of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. The quality sound is very good, keeping in mind all the acoustic limitations in those ages.


Analyzed Folder: /96k Shostakovich – Symphony No. 8 – Kondrashin_dr.txt


DR Peak RMS Filename 

DR12 -0.46 dB -18.22 dB A1 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65- I. Adagio – allegro ma non troppo – allegro – adagio.flac

DR12 -2.32 dB -17.88 dB A2 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65- II. Allegretto.flac

DR12 -1.28 dB -17.65 dB B1 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65- III. Allegro non troppo .flac

DR15 -0.67 dB -21.37 dB B2 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65- IV. Allegro non troppo.flac

DR11 -0.96 dB -17.58 dB B3 Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65- V. Allegretto – allegro – adagio – allegretto – andante.flac
Number of Files: 5

Official DR Value: DR12



Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



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