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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

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Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: I. Moderato
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: III. Largo
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 46:57

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Gavin Borchert


Gavin Borchert is a composer and music critic living in Seattle.

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Bedrich Smetana, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
2005 | Label: LSO Live / The Orchard

Outside his family, no one had a closer personal and musical relationship to Dmitri Shostakovich than cellist/conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, a closeness vital to his interpretation of the composer's work — not just because of his insight into Shostakovich's thoughts and feelings, but because of his own similar grueling experiences under oppressive, soul-sucking Soviet rule. This performance of Shostakovich's Fifth, which was written at an emotional low point in the composer's life, captures the work's extremes… read more »

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Shostakovich Symphony No 5 NOT Rostropovich LSO


BUYER Beware!! I have just repurchased this item because I could not find my earlier purchase in my iTunes file. I realise now that that is because what I actually downloaded (according to the album art with the music file) is not the Rostropovich version, but the LSO conducted by Maxim Shostakovich!! A much inferior performance. I am complaining to eMusic to seek a refund and to get them to put the right performance on the site!!

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Why are all versions of this $5.99?


Aside from that curiosity, the horns in the sample for movement IV come in with great intensity and then seem to falter. It's difficult to judge an hourlong performance based on two minutes of random samples, but I took my $5.99 to a different symphony.