Shostakovich: Symphony No 15, Etc / Ormandy, Gilels, Et Al

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The last symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich is a strange and evanescent valediction, both a summation of his life's music and a winking farewell to the...
The last symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich is a strange and evanescent valediction, both a summation of his life's music and a winking farewell to the audience. The elements of absurdity, tragedy and irony that were always present in his work are now completely integrated into a kind of serious comedy, full of self-references, ghostly quotations (Rossini and Wagner most prominent) and unexpected mood shifts, "night music" visions that appear and vanish like mirages.
Eugene Ormandy was a staunch advocate of Shostakovich, responsible for the American performance and recording premieres of his last three symphonies, as well as the long-suppressed Fourth. This 15th from 1972 is eloquent and gorgeously played, with the famous Philadelphia sound richly recorded in a resonant church acoustic. The High Performance remastering is spectacular, erasing all memory of the original gritty vinyl incarnation and, coupled with Emil Gilels' definitive 1966 performance of the Second Piano Sonata, makes a most attractive bargain.


Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 11, 2000


  • UPC: 090266358724


  • Catalog Number: 09026635872


  • Label: Sony


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: ""


  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich


  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra


  • Performer: Emil Gilels