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
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.19 GB
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
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