- Kiril Kondrashin Collection
- Shostakovich: Execution Of Stepan Razin & Symphony No. 9 - Kirill Kond
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About two decades ago I developed a growing appreciation of Shostakovitch's music . However I had not heard of this rarely recorded cantata.........so I ordered it from HDTT after hearing the samples and played it in full last night for the first time I was mighty impressed or blown away if you like it was marvelous ! The music was great and HDTT transfer nothing short of fabulous ! Every audiophile should have this in the library. The brass was so real and the bells towards the end...........WOW that's all I can say If you got good equipment you must have this recording ! Cannot recommend it highly enough !
Superb recording of Kondrashin. I have known this recording for many years, which is good by normal Melodiya standards, but never like this. Beautifully clear and atmospheric. If only HDTT could produce more Kondrashin Shostakovich. Would love to hear the eighth symphony in particular, the recording quality of which has always been rather poor whereas the performance is, IMHO, one of the very best. Ditto 4, 11, 13 and 14.
I'm stunned by the resolution of this '60s Soviet recording. It's a revelation and I can't wait to try more offerings. Highly recommended.
The cantata "Stepan Razin" has never received the praise it deserves, and this Ninth Symphony was its original Melodiya pairing. Kondrashin pushes hard, and rightly so. This first recording remains The One, but it hasn't reached CD except for a set of the complete symphonies, making the HDTT release essential. I haven't heard the previous incarnations, but the sound here leaves one shaken and stirred.
I discovered High Definition Tape Transfers through reading a glowing review of this release in the DSCH Journal, dedicated to the life and work of Shostakovich. I knew Kondrashin’s classic recording of the Ninth from a 10-CD set of his recordings of the Symphonies released by BMG, but had never heard this white-hot performance of Stepin Razin before. The sound on the CD’s was an improvement over original Melodiya records I have heard, but this transfer eclipses those: it has more presence and impact, while retaining the clarity of the original CD. Highly recommended, along with HDTT’s companion album of the 5th/Gadfly Suite. (Version reviewed: 192/24 download).
Description:Title: Shostakovich: Execution Of Stepan Razin & Symphony No. 9
Artist(s): Kirill Kondrashin & The Moscow Philharmonic
Vitaly Gromadsky (Bass Vocals)
Yu. Neklyudov (Bassoon [Solo])
Russian A Capella Choir (Chorus)
Alexander Yurlov (Chorus Master)
Recording Info: Meloydia
Recorded in 1965 / Transferred from a Angel 4-track