Related Reviews
Atlanta Audio Society
a beautifully paced account
more >>
The Gramophone
exceptionally well produced and presented
more >>
BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Lazarev does create something radical out'
more >>
Shostakovich Journal
contains genuine flashes of inspiration
more >>
Fanfare
Easily recommendable
more >>
The Daily Express
5 Stars
a thrilling and powerful piece of music
more >>
Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
the big climaxes really explode
more >>
The Times
5 Stars
sweat-drenched ferocity and heart-tugging pathos
more >>
ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
A "demonstration disc" if ever there were one
more >>
Sunday Telegraph
The performance under Alexander Lazarev is magnificent
more >>
The Glasgow Herald
This is a must-have
more >>
The Observer
[an] exemplary performance of a towering work
more >>
The Scotsman
has all the immediacy and impact of a live performance
more >>

Shostakovich - RSNO - Hi Fi Choice


01 June 2007
Hi Fi Choice
Alvin Gold
4 Stars

Music: The 11th was written to commemorate the original Bloody Sunday massacre in pre-communist St Petersberg, though the composer's intentions in doing so are disputed to this day. The structure of the work is comparatively straightforward, if brutal at times, and it has been famously satirised, and not entirely without justification, as a ‘film score without a film'.

Sound: This recording from the Usher Hall, Edinburgh is, for the most part, a compelling, dramatic affair. A powerful, sonorous first movement contrasts with the second movement, which has as unusually assured quality. It is taken much faster than usual, but never loses its momentum, setting a pattern that is sustained throughout the rest of the work. Sound quality is excellent, with muscular bass through the crescendos, the only serious oversight being the bells in the finale, which are clearly overblown, and sound far too close.

 


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Royal Scottish National OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No. 11Shostakovich Symphony No. 11