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Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 - Classic FM Magazine


06 June 2005
Classic FM Magazine
Malcolm Hayes
4 Stars

It's arguable that nobody does Russian repertory quite like a Russian. Alexander Lazarev here unleashes a scorchingly powerful response from the RSNO, who are always a good bet when feistiness is required. Shostakovich's huge musical spans are impressively sustained and the big climaxes really explode. The music's long and thoughtful ruminations, too, are memorably delivered and the final, furious pages of this defiant masterpiece are taken at full tilt.


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