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Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: 1. Allegretto - Allegro non troppo
2. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: 2. Allegro - Meno mosso - Allegro - Meno mosso
3. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: 3. Lento - Largo - [Lento] attacca:
4. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10: 4. Allegro molto - Lento - Allegro molto - Meno mosso - Allegro molto - Molto meno mosso - Adagio
5. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60: 1. Allegretto
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60: 2. Moderato (poco allegretto)
2. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60: 3. Adagio attacca:
3. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60: 4. Allegro non troppo

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (March 3, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B0013816GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One can only imagine the former under his intense baton.
Hector1803
Leonard Bernstein - at the front of the Chicago Symphony - gives us one of his most outstanding live performances along his lifetime.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
This performance benefits from some of DG's best sonics in the digital era.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By dv_forever on April 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
From Leonard Bernstein's last decade there are quite a few gems scattered around on DG. This is one of the finest things from his DG catalogue and the only time he recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The First Symphony here is perhaps not as spontaneous sounding as his version from the 1960s but I could not care less when it's played and recorded this well.

The Leningrad Symphony is a monster. Bernstein's previous recording has it's many fans. Still you can't top the Chicago Symphony leveling the competition in grand digital sound. The snarling brass section must be the best in the world and they all get quite a work out here. Bernstein opens up expansively and leads us into the beginning of that irritatingly repetitive march section of the first movement. As trivial as this music is, it leads to one of the greatest climaxes in all of Shostakovich and Bernstein rings out every last drop of emotion. What powerful playing!

The second movement, marked "moderato" is the one place where a faster tempo would have elevated the game. Bernstein's critics will probably harp on him here but the harps would be inappropriate for the sweeping adagio and especially the furious finale which will shatter your roof at the climactic coda. The beastly brass put on quite a storm. This performance benefits from some of DG's best sonics in the digital era. That's a clear advantage over Bernstein's earlier New York version from the 60s. That version will always have it's fans because it's the young Bernstein after all but when you hear this digital monster, you'll likely be as pleased as I am.

Having owned this Leningrad for years, I've never encountered another performance that operates on this level of emotional involvement.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RJAdams on January 3, 2013
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Candidly, I have never been Bernstein's biggest fan, but this is special. The music of Shostakovich is all over the map stylistically, like that of Mahler, and much of it touches on the empty, bitter, tawdry, and disillusioned side of human existence. Instead of the listener visualizing the magic of Nutcrackers and Russian Winter Dreams a la Tchaikovsky, one sees the mud, empty vodka bottles, dirty gray snow, and bureaucratic dungeons behind Stalin's Potemkin village props. Some musicians and critics have ridiculed in particular the Seventh Symphony for representing Shostakovich at his tawdry worst, and at his least inspired.

This performance, however, by Bernstein and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is transformative. He conducts the Seventh's first movement with unerring skill and pace, putting the listener in a Bolero like trance. The repetitive ditties and musical shards are managed with color, wit, and spellbinding variety, elevating the ordinary and commonplace materials into music of hypnotic power. Bernstein finds as much humor, rage, irony, sexiness, and majesty in Shostakovich as he does in Mahler, and the musicians are with him all the way in this recording of a concert performance.

I have heard a lot of Shostakovich in concert in Russia as well as the U.S., from Jansons, Temirkanov, Rostropovich, and Gergiev, among others. I would not hesitate to rank these performances at the very top of what I have experienced in concert and on recordings. The First symphony is also well performed with an emphasis less on balletic flow and saucy lip and more on its unconventional and surprising array of textures and colors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on February 1, 2014
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Leonard Bernstein - at the front of the Chicago Symphony - gives us one of his most outstanding live performances along his lifetime.

Vibrant, intense and corrosive, this live recording shows us once more the interpretive grandness of this Orchestra.

Don't let it pass this timeless document.

P.D. Recently one of the best blogs of the web - if not the best- downloaded the unedited Seventh. This a very interesting detail, because one can hear the same concert but under another perspective.

Be my guest.

HIRAM GOMEZ FEBRUARY / 1 / 2014
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gillespie on September 13, 2014
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Bernstein's LP recording of the 7th with the NYP is intense and driven, and this later recording with the Chicago Symphony is no less intense. The sound on this CD is superior, and Bernstein and this orchestra seem matched for Shostakovich. My old Toscanini LP recording of this work is impressive, but Bernstein surpasses Toscanini's efforts.
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