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SHOSTAKOVICH: Complete Symphonies and Concertos/ Valery Gergiev – Blu-ray (2015)

SHOSTAKOVICH: Complete Symphonies and Concertos/ Valery Gergiev – Blu-ray (2015)

Essential. Nothing else to say. SHOSTAKOVICH: Complete Symphonies and Concertos – Valery Gergiev, Blu-ray (2015) Performers: Orch. and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre/ Valery Gergiev/ Alena Baeva, violin/ Vadin Repin, violin/ Mario Brunello, cello/ Gautier Capucon, cello/ Denis Matsuev, piano/ Danil Trifonov, piano/ Timur Martynov, trumpet/ Veroinika Dzhioeva, sop./ Mikhail Petrenko, bass (Live from Salle Pleyel, Paris, 2013-14 Producer: Torsten Bonnhoff Director: Don Kent Studio: Arthaus Musik 107552 (Four Blu-Ray Discs) [Distr. by Naxos] Video: Full HD 1080i 16:9 color Audio: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean, Japanese Length: 970 min., 58 min. introductions, 58 minutes doc. – Dmitri Shostakovich – A Man of Many Faces Rating: ***** This is, by Gergiev’s accounting, his second complete live traversal through the Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos, the first being a number of years ago with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. These were filmed and recorded in France, which surprised me since most of their recordings have been at their home base in St. Petersburg. To get one controversy out of the way: there are listener reviews on Amazon and in Britain complaining of so-called “compression” in the sound of the releases. Honestly, I don’t hear it, as I […]