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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5


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  • Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Composer: Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000E69U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Shuffield on February 23, 2009
This reading by the St Louis Symphony and Mr. Slatkin has long been my favorite audio CD. Mr. Slatkin has a beautiful orchestra in the 1990's, with a powerful brass section, shimmering strings, and a polished sound. This recording of this work is far more alive than any I have heard. I had the pleasure of hearing the SLSO perform this work in 1990 or so. It was one of those "can't wait to the end to get out of our seats and shout" type of experiences. I give this recording my best recommendation.
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I have heard a number of Shostakovich 5ths, including the requisite 1959 Bernstein, Byschov/Berlin, Haitink/Amsterdam, Previn/Chicago, Ashkenazy/Royal Phil, and this one. While I will readily agree that the St. Louis Symphony's performance is flawless and is recorded extremely well by RCA, I have to say that Slatkin's interpretation is far too "correct" for me. There is little emotional depth or connection with Shostakovich's point of view to my ears. Either the Bernstein or the Ashkenazy are considerably more gripping than this one is. If you want to hear St. Louis performing it, then you'll be quite pleased, but if you're looking for a once-and-for-all version of the 5th, you'd be better off with Bernstein's, or I find Ashkenazy's even superior to Bernstein.
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