Shostakovich: The Symphonies (Complete Recording) [12-CD Box Set] [Hybrid SACD]
Classical | Capriccio | HQ Full Album Scan (300dpi) + 10 Booklets | XLD (LOG + CUE + Test Run + AccurateRip) | FLAC Image | 4.43 GBs | Rapidshare
"In addition to being a spectacular sonic triumph, this 12 CD set of the complete symphonies of Shostakovich surpasses the alternatives interpretively and in the sheer splendor of the orchestral playing.
Here is a Russian conductor, Dimitri Kitajenko, born in Leningrad, who understands every note of this music - from the searing, long-breathed melodies of the slow movements to the grotesque parodies to the light-hearted humor to blazing finales. Kitajenko is quoted as saying that, to play Shostakovich symphonies well, you need an orchestra of soloists. Well, he got what he wanted in the marvelous Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne. They play with ferocious intensity and a deep commitment to the idiom of this music.
Kitajenko takes the music on the slow side, but it never flags or wavers in the sense of concentration. In the Fourth Symphony, for example, the first movement unfolds slowly - taking more than thirty minutes - with each strand of sound finding its way into the structure clearly. Fast movements are played with awesome precision and abandon. Never have I heard the Seventh Symphony - "Leningrad" - lifted to such level in every movement. The Eighth is remarkable in its sadness and power in a traversal nearly 70 minutes long.
To have such spectacularly played symphonies would be reward enough, but the sound in Super Audio is beyond belief. This is what high quality surround sound was meant to be. You are there! There is a spaciousness and bloom around the sound, with every instrument of the orchestra clearly heard. You simply have to hear it to believe it."