At its June 1969 premiere, Shostakovich described his Symphony No. 14as a fight for the liberation of humanity...a great protest against death, a reminder to live ones life honestly, decently, nobly... Originally intending to write an oratorio, Shostakovich set eleven poems on the theme of mortality, and in particular early or unjust death, for two solo singers accompanied by strings and percussion. This is the penultimate release in Vasily Petrenkos internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.
The latest installment in this consistently superb Shostakovitch cycle--now on the home straight--is an intense journey through this dark work. --Gramophone Editor's Choice, May 2014