Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Дмитрий Шостакович - Symphony No. 4

The clapping comrade, happy and joyous as ever :-)

Here is Symphony No. 4 by Dmitri Shostakovich in a 1960-something recording by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Excellent version. Classic. If you like the music, though, check out the 2002 recording with Myung-Whun Chung and the same orchestra. The MP3 album is on Amazon - click here. Ormandy gets the silver medal. Chung is a genius. But start with the older recording - it works its magic just fine.

This is raw, exciting stuff - Shostakovich's heavy metal symphony. At first it sounds like it is all over the map, but I always come back to it, trying to understand the structure. It has structure - odd structure. Crazy structure. This is good Halloween music... definitely one of my favs.

Look here for the Wikipedia article, which goes into the logic of the symphony and the story of how it remained hidden for decades before gaining greater audience. 

The ending gives me chills. Spooky.


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