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Ken B

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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #60 on: October 05, 2016, 07:42:31 AM »
You see, I find that (“a sense of looming catastrophe”) a little problematic to reconcile with the fact that Shostakovich needed to provide a fundamentally upbeat piece in order to restore himself to official grace, and that the emotional, sustained ovation at the work’s première affirmed a consensus that the symphony was “a good answer” in response to the bureaucratic provocation.

My argument at heart is, if the d minor symphony had been dissident music, it would probably have been the composer’s last symphony.

Well this is interesting. You are certainly right about the history. Boulez Zhdanov was watching. Still there's something in the music. Take Waltz Number 2. This to me should sound like a death waltz. Overtly it's a waltz, a very poplar one, easily likable , it doesn't crater like La Valse, but it's a death waltz nonetheless. "Beatings will continue until morale improves."

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« Reply #61 on: October 05, 2016, 09:45:53 AM »
Still there's something in the music. Take Waltz Number 2. This to me should sound like a death waltz. Overtly it's a waltz, a very poplar one, easily likable , it doesn't crater like La Valse, but it's a death waltz nonetheless. "Beatings will continue until morale improves."
Death waltz? Really? Just because the Russians (and Finns...) like their dance music in minor key, doesn't make the waltz from Suite for a Variety Orchestra a 'death waltz'. I don't really hear anything sinister in it - wistfulness, sure.
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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #62 on: October 05, 2016, 01:30:25 PM »
Death waltz? Really? Just because the Russians (and Finns...) like their dance music in minor key, doesn't make the waltz from Suite for a Variety Orchestra a 'death waltz'. I don't really hear anything sinister in it - wistfulness, sure.
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« Reply #63 on: October 05, 2016, 03:55:54 PM »
I would love the complete Kondrashin cycle but it is ridiculously expensive. I have a few of the individual Melodiya releases including the wonderful versions of symphonies 4 and 11 but not No.5. He was a great conductor.
Why pay for it when it is free on Spotify?

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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #64 on: October 05, 2016, 09:19:59 PM »
Why pay for it when it is free on Spotify?

Because there's still people who like buying the physical media (myself included).
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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #65 on: October 05, 2016, 11:34:24 PM »
PerfectWagnerite and John (MI)

You are both right in what you say!

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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #66 on: October 05, 2016, 11:57:50 PM »
Why pay for it when it is free on Spotify?

Because there's still people who like buying the physical media (myself included).

And because the sound quality of Spotify and similar lossy streaming services is subpar.

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« Reply #67 on: October 06, 2016, 07:54:10 AM »
And because the sound quality of Spotify and similar lossy streaming services is subpar.
Probably, sounds pretty good to me though...Anyway I am not as audiophile as the rest of you folks and am just happy I get free music.

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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #68 on: October 06, 2016, 08:12:43 AM »
I would love the complete Kondrashin cycle but it is ridiculously expensive. I have a few of the individual Melodiya releases including the wonderful versions of symphonies 4 and 11 but not No.5. He was a great conductor.

Why pay for it when it is free on Spotify?

Because there's still people who like buying the physical media (myself included).

And because the sound quality of Spotify and similar lossy streaming services is subpar.

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good; especially if it means the difference of being able to have access to the recording or not.

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Re: Recommendation for Shostakovich 5th Symphony?
« Reply #69 on: June 28, 2017, 03:36:56 PM »
This is a very solid No. 5

There are a few odd rhythmic choices but overall very satisfying.