SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8 London Philharmonic Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky. London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Shostakovich Symphony No 8 London Philharmonic Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky

SHOSTAKOVICH

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 30 October 1983.

Composed during the Second World War, Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is a powerful work that juxtaposes music of unremitting bleakness and moments of shattering brutality, ending in a tentative expression of optimism. Today it stands not only as a chilling reminder of some of the darkest days of the 20th century, but also as a reminder of Shostakovich’s acute musical imagination and craftsmanship. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 1983 concert recording from Royal Festival Hall.

Rozhdestvensky established his credentials as a Shostakovich conductor from 1955 when he deputised for Samuil Samosud in an early performance of Symphony No. 10.

This is a performance which is clearly informed from the conductor’s experience of living under Stalinist represssions.

Rozhdestvensky was in Shostakovich’s circle and is a respected authority on the composer. He gave the first performance of Symphony No. 10 outside the USSR at the 1962 Edinburgh Festival.

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