‘Zander drew a gripping account of the sometimes desolate Symphony No. 5... the conviction and rightness of the whole performance by BPYO could hold its own against that of any orchestra in the world.' Classical Scene
‘The levels of poise and technical accomplishment were striking from first to last, and each performer left a distinct impression of at least one aspect of his or her playing.' Boston Globe
The New York Times review of their Carnegie Hall debut noted that the members of BPYO ‘play with a maturity and cohesion well beyond their years' and described their performance of Shostakovich's Fifth as ‘a brilliantly played, fervently felt account, enriched with silken strings, robust brass and eloquent solos.'
This recording perfectly demonstrates why Zander is renowned for coaxing professional-quality work from amateurs and for wringing fresh insights from even the most familiar works. Zander is committed to delivering an authentic performance and takes particular care to stay true to the original tempo markings, which are often ignored even in notable recordings. Following Shostakovich's directions Zander changes the finale from being a joyful celebration into a scream of pain, a crying out against a relentless and inhuman force.
One of the most sought after speakers in the world Zander has also recorded a detailed and highly informative discussion which further enhances the understanding and enjoyment of the listener. (NB. Please note the discussion was recorded at CD quality so has been upsampled in order to be included with the Studio Master download option.)
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