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Seminal performance by the legendary Kondrashin remastered to the usual HDTT standard of excellence. Recommended.
I was familiar with the symphony recording from a German CD re-release that was quite successful, and it remains among my absolute favorite performances. This HDTT release eclipses the CD with its warmer sound, greater presence, and clearer definition of orchestral voices. With Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic, one feels all the pressure and pain of Shostakovich's existence - nowhere so clearly portrayed as in this incarnation. A big surprise was the Gadfly Suite, which immediately became my favorite performance of that also. Here's hoping HDTT has more Melodyia Shostakovich waiting in the wings for release ASAP!
Title: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 & Selections from The Gadfly Suite
Artist(s): Kirill Kondrashin & The Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Emin Khachaturian & the USSR Cinema Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Sym No. 5 Transferred from a Angel/Meloydia 4-track tape
Gadfly Transferred from a Angel/Meloydia LP Recorded 1962