Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 - Mravinsky

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 - Mravinsky

Altus  ALTSA-312

Stereo/Multichannel Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Yevgeny Mravinsky

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Comment by Athenaeus - January 18, 2021 (1 of 2)

This is live analogue recording done in Leningrad in 1982. This isn't necessarily Shostakovich's easiest work to enjoy but Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic certainly make a very impressive recording of it here. And it's definitely an authoritative interpretation; Shostakovich was friends with Mravinsky at the time and dedicated the work to him; Mravinsky conducted the premiere.

Previous releases of this recording apparently suffered from sound quality issues, including incorrect pitch. According to Altus, they went back to the master tapes to create this SACD and these sonic problems have been corrected. I found it sounds very good. There is occasionally a bit of extraneous noise and it isn't always clear whether it's coming from the hall or from the tape. However, it's only a minor disturbance and it didn't distract me at all.

This disc was released in 2015 and it seems to be going out of stock. A few companies still have it, though, and are selling it at the list price. So, hurry up if you haven't got it yet!

Comment by Athenaeus - January 19, 2021 (2 of 2)

"This is a live analogue..." I noticed the typo after the (rather short) edit window had closed.