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Shostakovich: The Symphonies

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When Decca first issued Bernard Haitink's Shostakovich symphony cycle between 1977 and 1984, it was the first non-Soviet cycle of the works. When the cycle was re-released as a set in 2006, it was still only the third non-Soviet cycle -- Eliahu Inbal had completed a perfunctory cycle for Denon and Ladislav Slovak a lackluster cycle for Naxos in the meantime -- but it was nevertheless by far the finest. One had to make some allowances for the earlier performances of Symphonies No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 9, No. 10 ...

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  1. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
  2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20
  3. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
  4. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  5. Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43
  6. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  7. Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70
  8. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54
  9. Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 (The Year 1917 - in Memory of Lenin)
  10. Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60
  11. Symphony No. 8 in C minor ("Stalingrad"), Op. 65
  12. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (The Year 1905)
  13. Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 (Babi Yar)
  14. Symphony No. 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
  15. Poems (6) of Marina Tsvetayeva, for alto & piano, Op. 143 (orchestrated as Op 143a)
  16. Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141
  17. From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a)
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Shostakovich: The Symphonies
2006, Decca

UPC: 028947574132

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