[ Warner Classics / 12 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Monday 19 March 2007
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Composed over a period of nearly 50 years, Dmitri Shostakovich's 15 symphonies are astonishingly diverse in conception and expression, reflecting the composer's personal experiences, the history of the 20th century and the tensions and struggles of an artist under the Soviet regime. These recordings fulfil a promise that Mstislav Rostropovich made to the composer, a close and long-standing friend, before he left Russia as an exile in 1974. "These symphonies mark fifteen stages in our lives," he said. "The emotional history of our country, my history, his history, our history."
Features Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano) Nicola Ghiuselev (bass) Mark Reshetin (bass)
"The Eleventh Symphony ('The Year 1905') has Rostropovich and his Washington orchestra generating a level of non-stop intensity that almost had smoke coming out of my CD player." ClassicFM
Symphony No.2 "To October"
Symphony No.3 "The First of May"
Symphony No.12 "The Year 1917"
Symphony No.7 "Leningrad"
Symphony No.11 "The Year 1905"
Symphony No.13 "Babi Yar"