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  Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Kreizberg
  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 9

Russian National Orchestra
Yakov Kreizberg (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Windsurfer April 3, 2007 (14 of 16 found this review helpful)
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First, I want to call attention to the sound (in multi-channel) of this release:

It is stunning! The strings have body but sound like strings, not some congealed mass of treble - and unfortunately that is not always accomplished, even in SACD - so I find this exceptionally fine! The separation of instruments or maybe the air around instruments shouldn't call attention to itself, but here it does and only because the sound is so extraordinarily lifelike and natural. The dialogs between woodwind and strings in the Fifth symphony really made me sit up and take notice. The trumpets and tuba stand out just like in a concert and the climaxes are H U G E. The sound stage is enormous. This is what I might call premium sound quality.

Matters of interpretation are matters of individual opinion. I found Kreizburg, for the most part, extremely satisfying (or is that the superb sound his orchestra is accorded?) But there were times during the second movement that I thought; "If I had anything to say about it this passage would be a little faster, with a little more dynamic thrust" But my attention was held fast during all of both symphonies. For what little it's worth, I thought the Ninth was somewhat more of a success as a performance than the Fifth. That is not to denigrate the Fifth, which is very good indeed; but rather to tell you how really fine, how engaging the performance of the Ninth is.

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Works: 2  

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70