Shostakovich #15

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

Performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink

In March 2010, Bernard Haitink made a guest appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, conducting a program featuring Brahms’s Violin Concerto (with Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist) and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony. The entire concert was televised live and the audio recording of the Fifteenth Symphony is now presented on this Super Audio CD release.

In the widely – acclaimed Shostakovich cycle performed by Haitink during the 1970’s, the Fifteenth Symphony stood out as a star. Now nearly 40 years later, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, under the direction of its conductor laureate, is able to add the present recording of Shostakovich’s masterpiece to its collection of recorded performances.

The Telegraph, on 11th November 2011 wrote the following:

“This performance of Shostakovich’s final symphony testifies both to Bernard Haitink’s searching way of interpreting the Russian composer and to the orchestra’s ready appreciation of the emotional range that the Fifteenth embraces.”

Here is the Russian National orchestra, conductor Mikhail Pletnev, performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No15 in A major (Opus 141). First and 2nd movements.




Shostakovich, Symphony No. 15, Bernard Haitink

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