Shostakovich Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op.65


Shostakovich Symphony No.8

Leningrad Philharmonic
Yevgeny Mravinsky

Catalogue Number: ALC 1150
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: 61:13, 1982 ADD


Mravinsky’s live recording of the Eighth is of capital importance, since it was he who gave the work its premiere ….It is a performance of extraordinary vehemence and power, vivid contrast and bitter intensity. The curdled woodwind dissonances and huge climaxes of the first movement are given a shocking force not simply by sheer volume but by ….playing at the very limit of their powers: it is not often these days that we hear a clarinet or an oboe played so loudly ….. The fact this is a concert performance increases one’s respect for the risks taken: to expect trombones to play staccato at the furious tempo Mravinsky chooses ….is really living dangerously, but they respond superbly, as do the belligerently precise trumpets ….. a performance which sees clearly that the real burden of emotion here lies in the strings …..for a recapturing of the appalling shock this work must have caused (the Russians were expecting a “Victory Symphony”), Mravinsky’s account demands to be heard: the Leningrad audience is struck dumb by it.” ((c) Gramophone)

  • [1] i. Adagio 25.15
  • [2] ii. Allegretto 6.21
  • [3] iii. Allegro non troppo 6.25
  • [4] iv. Largo 9.51
  • [5] v. Allegretto 13.18

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm