Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster

Site News

What's New for
Winter 2018/2019?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter


In association with
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

CD Universe



Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

SACD Review

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphonies, Volume 10

  • Symphony #3 "The First of May", Op. 20
  • Symphony #15, Op. 141
Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno
Beethoven Orchestra Bonn/Roman Kofman
Dabringhaus & Grimm MDG9371210-6 75m Hybrid Multichannel SACD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe
Also released on CD MDG3371210-2:
Amazon - UK - Germany - Canada - France - Japan - ArkivMusic - CD Universe

This is the penultimate release in Roman Kofman's excellent Shostakovich symphony cycle on MD&G, pairing two strange bedfellows, the enigmatic and mysterious 15th with the bombastic and slightly hollow sounding third, written almost 50 years apart.

Kofman conducts a deeply pensive account of the Fifteenth with a long drawn Adagio, quite similar to Bernard Haitink's classic account on Decca. MD&G's sound is superb so one can easily observe the various melodic hints that Shostakovich drops into the work. The Finale is particularly enticing with some superb work by the Bonn strings.

The Third is as effusive and bombastic as one can expect and is given a reasonable turn out here. At times, Kofman's pace is slightly slack but on the whole, the work is cogently held together and the choral and orchestral sounds merge very well together.

As usual, MD&G's recording is superb and the extensive notes make for interesting reading. One now awaits the final instalment in this excellent cycle (#14) to make a comprehensive re-appraisal of the symphonies as a whole.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech