Shostakovich Symphony no. 7 in C major, op. 60 ‘Leningrad’

performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Marriss Jansons One of the largest symphonies in the standard repertoire, along with most of Mahler, bits of Bruckner, and some Shostakovich (but this is his longest). This recording comes in at around … Continue reading Shostakovich Symphony no. 7 in C major, op. 60 ‘Leningrad’

Revisit: Shostakovich Symphony no. 1 in Fm, op. 10

performed (this time) by the Scottish National Orchestra under Neeme Järvi or below with the younger Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Another revisit! I will admit I didn’t quite get this piece or Shostakovich at the time of writing the previous article on … Continue reading Revisit: Shostakovich Symphony no. 1 in Fm, op. 10

Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 1 in D minor, op. 13

performed live by (again) the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky, or in a very nice performance below by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (perhaps before they were ‘Royal’?) under Vladimir Ashkenazy This, this other terrible first. The … Continue reading Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 1 in D minor, op. 13