Quote from: vers la flamme on Today at 03:51:26 PMIt chanced that the 14th was one of the first 5 Shostakovich symphonies which I got to know well, long ago when I was an undergrad. It grabbed me right away.
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.14, op.135. Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with Gal James (soprano) and Alexander Vinogradov (baritone)
I haven't made much sense of Shostakovich's late symphonies yet, but I think this 14th is starting to click. The Petrenko/RLPO cycle, which I've had for about three years now and return to sporadically, is pretty damn good!
Quote from: J on Today at 04:35:51 PMDorati in No.7 & Comissiona in No.8 I agree are unrivalled, Jeffrey (if that's what you're suggesting), and I'd apply that encomium to Westerberg's 2nd also.
My second favorite 7th is the Netherlands Radio PO performance with Roman Kofman (hearable on YouTube) - utterly different from Dorati, with the tempos stretched out way beyond anyone else (even Segarstam), but which I think works wonderfully well here.
Among 7th's, the one I simply cannot endure is CPO's, which I find a complete mess (I realize an explanation would be helpful), and perhaps the WORST performance of a Pettersson Symphony I've heard. The "lyrical island" section about 25" in is altogether mangled and unmoving (which takes some doing), and in general (comparing to Dorati's seamlessness and inevitability,for instance) the entire work comes off fragmented and incoherent (poorly played too). Just a thoroughly bad outcome, I'm sorry to say.
Is it even possible anyone here favors it?
Quote from: Florestan on Today at 06:48:58 AMWhat features recommend it above other, more famous sets? I ask because I have it on my radar.
Quote from: Florestan on Today at 01:19:34 PMThis is an interesting topic, which might be worth a dedicated thread. I mean, if I'm în good moods I certainly need no depressive and depressing music to spoil it. And if I'm în bad moods, I certainly need sunny and uplifting music to cheer me up. That leaves Pettersson's music în a limbo AFAIC.
Quote from: vandermolen on Today at 12:49:42 PMI see where you are coming from here Greg. I didn't know that there was a Westerberg recording - that's most interesting. I often prefer older LP recordings, as with Kamu in Pettersson's 6th Symphony and Comissiona's DGG LP of the 8th Symphony and Dorati in Symphony 7. The same applies to Westerberg's recordings of Atterberg's 2nd and 5th symphonies.
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