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Resplendant Sound but ...,
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok (Audio CD)
The Shostakovich 5th is one of my "desert island" pieces that sounds as fresh as ever over decades of listening to this piece. The SACD sound is simply gorgeous. How about the performance? Well if you consider an old Bernstein recording with the New York Philharmonic as the best of a large batch (as I do) this will disappoint you. The tempo is considerably slower than Bernstein's and lacks the crispness and ferocity that imbues Bernstein's recordings. If beautiful engineering along with a more romantic and languid conducting appeals to you then get this disk. It is, however, not my cup of tea.
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