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Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Reply #1940 on: Today at 11:13:28 AM »
I was both foolishly dismissive and underexposed to Shosty's music as a whole for many years; having listened to and found the Kammermusik too often histrionically morose, even morbid and tiresome. I listened only to the 4th symphony with any kind of ear and found that unsatisfactory as well...

I was deep into the writing of my own symphonies when I took a chance on the "Shostakovich Great Symphonies" compilation and once again not being wild about the 4th (and outright mortified by the 7th) I hit the 8th and everything changed; now HERE is a great symphony with so much to be gained upon repeated listenings! I went crazy reading up on and listening to it over and over again.

My next loves came in the form of #s 10, 11, 13, and 15. Those convinced me Shosty was undisputedly a truly great symphonist, at times capable of great feeling and supernaturally cool orchestration and counterpoint.

I soon after went cuckoo over Violin Concerto no 2, and am looking forward to trying out symphs 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 14. I even went further nutso and bought the more recent Petrenko recordings, and am waiting on a Barshai cycle as we speak.

I wonder if I was meant to discover this great composer right at this point in time; a horrible last five years had left me uninspired and full of depression and angst. Shostakovich helped me out of that.

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Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Reply #1941 on: Today at 03:53:33 PM »
I was both foolishly dismissive and underexposed to Shosty's music as a whole for many years; having listened to and found the Kammermusik too often histrionically morose, even morbid and tiresome. I listened only to the 4th symphony with any kind of ear and found that unsatisfactory as well...

I was deep into the writing of my own symphonies when I took a chance on the "Shostakovich Great Symphonies" compilation and once again not being wild about the 4th (and outright mortified by the 7th) I hit the 8th and everything changed; now HERE is a great symphony with so much to be gained upon repeated listenings! I went crazy reading up on and listening to it over and over again.

My next loves came in the form of #s 10, 11, 13, and 15. Those convinced me Shosty was undisputedly a truly great symphonist, at times capable of great feeling and supernaturally cool orchestration and counterpoint.

I soon after went cuckoo over Violin Concerto no 2, and am looking forward to trying out symphs 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 14. I even went further nutso and bought the more recent Petrenko recordings, and am waiting on a Barshai cycle as we speak.

I wonder if I was meant to discover this great composer right at this point in time; a horrible last five years had left me uninspired and full of depression and angst. Shostakovich helped me out of that.

The 8th is a firm favorite of mine, too! In spite of its overwhelming bleakness and pessimism, it's consistently satisfying throughout, continuing the desolation found in the 4th Symphony (which I also adore), curiously in the same key, and it has one of the most brilliant Scherzos (3rd movement) I know in symphonies. The 12th has drawn my attention lately after I attended a concert of it. It's a blast! It shouldn't deserve the reputation it has. I find it thrilling and pensive in the quiet parts.

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Re: Dmitri's Dacha
« Reply #1942 on: Today at 05:18:33 PM »
The 8th is a firm favorite of mine, too! In spite of its overwhelming bleakness and pessimism, it's consistently satisfying throughout, continuing the desolation found in the 4th Symphony (which I also adore), curiously in the same key, and it has one of the most brilliant Scherzos (3rd movement) I know in symphonies. The 12th has drawn my attention lately after I attended a concert of it. It's a blast! It shouldn't deserve the reputation it has. I find it thrilling and pensive in the quiet parts.
Super post! The eighth was my gateway drug, and since I've been thrilled by 10, 11, 13, and 15. Really looking forward to the 12th now.