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


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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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Honegger/Shostakovich – Cello Concerti (Sadlo/Ancerl/Neumann)


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Ancerl and Sádlo recorded Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in June 1968, just before the Russian invasion of Prague, in response to which the conductor took the painful decision to leave his homeland. The performance begins slightly heavily, with a deliberate tempo; the recording, warm to the point of slight boxiness, increases the feeling. Of course, one of the joys of hearing the Czech Phil either on disc or live is their wonderfully woody tone. Though here they seem unable to put a sharper edge on their playing, this is in keeping with Sádlo, who doesn’t see the first movement as very anguished. His (sadly uncredited) horn counterpart reinforces the impression by skipping along quite lightly.
Due to an unexpected digital error on track B2, please DL the fixed B2 and replace the old one.

Composer: Arthur Honegger, Dmitri Shostakovich

Performer: Miloš Sádlo

Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann

Vinyl 1969 (1981)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon

DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 904 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Thorens) Berlioz/Davis – Bruckner/Haitink – Strauss/Sinopoli – Shostakovich/Kondrashin


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This double album is a homage to the Staatskapelle. As intended and commissioned by the Thorens company. The Swiss turntables manufacturer cannot rival the Orchestra’s 460 years, but at 125 years of age, Thorens holds the record as the oldest company of the entertainment industry still in existence. These LPs are meant as a double birthday gift: to ourselves, but above all to our many friends around the world. For friends of the Staatskapelle, friends of Thorens and above all, for lovers of good-quality music reproduction. (Heinz Roher, CEO Thorens)

Composer: Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Bruckner
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Bernard Haitink, Kyrill Kondrashin
Vinyl 1974/1994/2001/2003 (2008)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC
Label: Thorens
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.29GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodya/Victor) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 15 (Kondrashin)

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Kiril Kondrashin was the leader of the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in recordings from 1965 – 1975. Like Mravinsky’s Shostakovich, this is an authentic Russian interpretation, fast and raw. The recording quality is excellent for its time. Kondrashin knew Shostakovich personally and conducted the premieres of the Fourth Symphony (composed in 1936 but not publicly performed until 1961), the Thirteenth Symphony (1962) as well as the Second Violin Concerto (1967). The Fifteenth Symphony (1971) was not premiered by him; this version was recorded in 1974.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Vinyl (1974)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodya/Victor
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 803 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Chandos) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphonies 1 & 6 (Järvi)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for the record
Dmitri Shostakovich, living during the harrowing days of the Stalin regime, wrote many of his works carefully, cleverly protesting the inhumanity of life under the cruel dictator. Neeme Järvi’s SNO account on Chandos is with no doubt the most powerful, implacable, shocking and devastating recorded performance ever done. Järvi’s wonderful approach is typical of the trenchant, uncompromising `Shostakovich sound’ that we only find in great Shostakovich conductors as he is. This spectacularly recorded disc from 1985 preserves a completely gripping delivery of the two symphonies. This is one of Jarvi’s most successful discs, even among the considerable number of high quality he made with this orchestra for Chandos. This is a clear example that for sheer involvement and edge of the seat excitement, this combination is hard to match when on this sort of top form.

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Vinyl (1985)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Chandos
DR-Analysis:
DR 16
Size: 1.24 GB
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Previn / LSO: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 (“Babi Yar”) (2LP, 180g, UK pressing)

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# Composers: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: André Previn
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Alto Records / EMI / His Master’s Voice | ASD 3911
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.43GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.22GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (324MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) Dmitri Shostakovich – Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem
Written between 1930 and 1932, The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was one of the most brilliant achievements of Shostakovich’s long career. It was also the work that got him into trouble with Stalin. When the Soviet leader attended a performance in Moscow in 1936, almost two years after the opera’s acclaimed Leningrad premiere, he personally ordered the publication of a scathing article in Pravda (“Muddle Instead of Music”), unleashing a ruthless campaign to reduce the arts in Soviet Russia to a state of dogmatic subservience to the regime…..

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Galina Vishnevskaya, Dimiter Petkov
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
Vinyl (1979)

Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 3.02GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodiya) Dmitri Shostakovich – The 15 String Quartets (Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter)

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There are too many superlatives that one could use to review this set. The music is made to sound both ravishing and frightening. These performances are among the very best that are available on recorded format, if not THE very best, and are something of a reference work because the Borodins worked so closely with Shostakovich throughout his life, and the composer shared many exclusive insights with them. In fact, the Borodins frequently performed Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with Shostakovich himself at the piano, and there was a very famous concert that they all gave of that work in Gorky in 1964 which was the composer’s last public peformance as a pianist. People in the audience cried, hugged each other and held hands as Shostakovich walked off stage…

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Borodin Quartet, Sviatoslav Richter

Vinyl (1979-83)
Number of Discs: 7
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodiya
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.87 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodiya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Viola Sonata, Violin Sonata (Oistrakh, Druzhinin, Muntyan, Richter)

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The Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 is the last composition by Dmitri Shostakovich. Completed in July 1975, just weeks before his death, it is dedicated to Fyodor Druzhinin, violist in the Beethoven Quartet. The work received its official premiere in October 1975 with the performing forces of violist Fyodor Druzhinin and pianist Mikhail Muntyan. Appearing at the end of the composer’s compositional output, the Sonata for Viola and Piano effectively represents the bleak, mortality-obsessed late style composition of Shostakovich.
Dmitri Shostakovich composed Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 134 in the autumn of 1968 in Moscow, completing it on October 23. It is set in three movements and lasts approximately 31 minutes. It is dedicated to the violinist David Oistrakh, who premiered the work on May 3, 1969 in the Large Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer:
David Oistrakh, Fyodor Druzhinin, Mikhail Muntyan, Sviatoslav Richter
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Vinyl 1970-76
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: EMI/Melodiya

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 1.21 GB
# Scan: Yes

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Mercury/Speakers Corner) Dmitri Shostakovich – Quartets No. 4 & 8 (Borodin String Quartet)

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The veteran Borodin Quartet was strongly associated with Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets over several decades. Their experience and skill shows strongly in these two quartets, which certainly rank among the finest of the composer. The performance from the Borodin Quartet is simply excellent, at times great, and the recorded sonics are audiophile-level, making for a compelling release.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: Borodin String Quartet
# Vinyl (1960/2009)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury/Speakers Corner
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
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Size: 1.68 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Supraphon) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1 (Ancerl)

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Due to an unknown reason, the begin of the 4th mov. was totally distorted. I don’t know why, how and when this happened. Anyway, I ripped the 4th mov. again. Please DL it following the well known link and replace the old track B1 with the new one. Thank you!

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Karel Ancerl
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: 
Supraphon
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 964 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca/London) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (Haitink)

front-small-boxsetI’m no musicologist, but I think this is a remarkable recording of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony. This one has overall better production than Bernstein’s New York Philharmonic recording under Sony. Plus, Bernstein tends to conduct under some sort of emotional influence, Haitink does not. But that’s just my humble opinion. All in all, this is an “edge of your seat” kind of recording; loud, aggressive, and wicked! Thank you Maestro Haitink, Royal Concertgebouworkest, and the DECCA team.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
# Conductor: Bernard Haitink
# Vinyl (1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London
(Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 964 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Melodya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 6/Violin Concerto No. 2 (Kondrashin/Oistrakh)

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Sound is quite a bit better than I had expected, given the often poor quality of Melodiya recordings in that era. There is minimal surface noise, excellent clarity, and sufficient bass expression to give both of these recordings a full rich warm sound.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: David Oistrakh
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1966?)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.15 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 14 (Haitink)

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Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich’s deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich’s vision.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performers: Julia Varády, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
# Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
# Conductor: Bernard Haitink
# Vinyl (1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label:
Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# Size: 950 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin)

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Everything just sounds right – Kondrashin’s tempos, use of rubato, rhythmic flow, changes in volume, etc. He was very much at ease with this symphony, and his mastery of it is quite apparent. I have heard other versions of it, such as that of Jarvi, and none come close to Kondrashin. His performance just sounds best. Although the symphony itself mystifies me, the performance does not. Kondrashin’s recording is excellent.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Melodya
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.23 GB
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High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Acousence) Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 15 (Darlington)

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Mint, played here for the 1st time
Audiophile factor: very high ! Beware of addiction! You was warned!

Slowly but persevering, the label Acousence has become, within few years, one of the most appreciated audiophile names in the HiFi-scene

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Orchestra: Duisburger Philarmoniker
# Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
# Vinyl (2007)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (tracks)
# Label: Acousence
# DR-Analysis: DR 16
# ASIN: B0026IQTI6
# Size: 1.49 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Dmitri Shostakovich – Cello Concertos 1 & 2 (Schiff/Maxim Shostakovich)

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It must be one of the greatest and most beautiful experiences in life, to conduct an orchestra playing the works of your father
Don’t ask me, why…but this sounds that great, so I ripped it in 24/96 although it is a 16/44 digital production from the mid 80s

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
# Performer: Heinrich Schiff
# Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
# Conductor: Maxim Shostakovich
# Vinyl (1985)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 17
# ASIN:
B00000E2T5
# Size: 1.14 GB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Philips) Shostakovich/Ravel – Piano Concertos (Bernstein)

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Don’t be surprised by the not-as-good-as-normally quality of the sound – this is a Columbia recording from 1959. Philips, sonically ways superior than CBS, was here only the distributor.
When you hear to the 2nd mov. of Shostakovich’s concerto, don’t forget to breath…that beautiful it is.

# Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Maurice Ravel
# Performer: Leonard Bernstein
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyls (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 10
# Size: 411 MB
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