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BUILDING A LIBRARY: SHOSTAKOVICH

Andrew McGregor, presenter of CD Review

The importance of Shostakovich's music means that it features regularly in CD Review's Building a Library feature.

This page presents a sequence of Building a Library Bach features dating back to 1995 - the recommendations are in date order, with the latest recommendations first.

Please note that recordings which are recommended may no longer be available, or may have been reissued in other collections with different catalogue numbers.

    Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E Flat

    First Choice: 
    Natalia Gutman (cello) The USSR Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
    KONDRASHIN, Kirill (conductor) 
    LIVE CLASSICS LCL202
    MID-PRICE
    Coupled with: *Cello Concerto No. 2; **SCHNITTKE Dialogue for Cello and Seven  Moscow State Philharmony, Dimitri KITAJENKO** Gnessin Chamber Orchestra, Yuri NIKOLAEVSKY

    Second Choice: 
    Mischa Maisky (Cello) 
    TILSON THOMAS, Michael  (conductor) 
    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 445 821-2 (CD) 
    FULL PRICE 
    Coupled with Concerto No.2 for Cello and Orchestra

    Historic Choice:
    Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) 
    ORMANDY, Eugene (conductor) 
    SONY CLASSICAL MHK 63327 
    FULL PRICE
    Coupled with: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in A Minor, Op.99: David Oistrakh (violin), New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos

      Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, 'The Year 1905'

      First Choice:
      Washington National Symphony Orchestra
      ROSTROPOVICH, Mstislav (conductor)
      TELDEC 0630-17046-2 (12-CD)
      MID-PRICE
      Coupled with: Complete symphonies

      Budget Price Choice:
      Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 
      BERGLUND, Paavo (conductor)  
      EMI CZS 5 73839-2 (2-CD)
      BUDGET
      Coupled with: Symphony No.7, 'Leningrad'

        Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in c minor

        First Choice:
        City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 
        RATTLE, Sir Simon (conductor)
         EMI CDC 5 55476-2 (CD) 
        FULL PRICE
        Coupled with: BRITTEN Russian Funeral

        Mid Price Choice
        London Philharmonic Orchestra
        HAITINK, Bernard (Conductor) 
        DECCA 425 065-2 (CD) 
        MID-PRICE 

          Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9

          First Choice:
          Eleonora String Quartet 
          ETCETERA KTC 1182
          FULL PRICE
          Coupled with: String Quartet No.3 and 2 Pieces for String Quartet

          Budget Price Choice
          Eder Quartet 
          NAXOS 8.550973
          BUDGET
          Coupled with: String Quartet No. 1 String Quartet No.8 

          Budget Price Choice
          Fitzwilliam String Quartet 
          DECCA/LONDON 455 776-2 (6 CD) 
          BUDGET
          Coupled with: The String Quartets

            Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor

            First Choice:
            Scottish National Orchestra (recorded 1988)
            Conductor: JÄRVI, Neeme
            CHANDOS CHAN 8630 (CD) 
            FULL PRICE
            Coupled with: Ballet Suite No.4 

            Mid Price and Historical Choice
             
            New York Philharmonic (recorded 1954)
            Conductor: MITROPOULOS, Dimitri 
            SONY CLASSICAL MPK 45698 (CD) 
            MID-PRICE
            Coupled with: Symphony No.9 in E flat major 

              Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor (Op47)

              First Choice:
              London Symphony Orchestra
              Conductor: PREVIN, André
              RCA 74321 24212-2 (CD)
              BUDGET
              Coupled with: Music from the film 'Hamlet', Suite

                Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

                First Choice:
                Beaux Arts Trio, Eugene Drucker (violin), Lawrence Dutton (viola) 
                PHILIPS 432 079-2 (CD)
                FULL PRICE
                Coupled with: Trio No.2 in E minor for piano, violin and cello

                  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A (Op. 141)

                  First Choice:
                  London Symphony Orchestra
                  Conductor: SHOSTAKOVICH, Maxim 
                  COLLINS CLASSICS 12062 (CD)
                  FULL PRICE
                  Coupled with: Incidental music to The Gadfly

                    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

                    First Choice:
                    Scottish National Orchestra
                    Conductor: JÄRVI, Neeme 
                    CHANDOS CHAN 8640 (CD) ABTD 1328 (MC)
                    FULL PRICE

                      Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

                      First Choice:
                      Borodin Quartet 
                      EMI CDC 7 47507-2 (CD)
                      FULL PRICE
                      Coupled with:Quartet No.7; Piano Quintet (with Sviatoslav Richter)

                      Also recommended
                      Duke Quartet 
                      FACTORY CLASSICAL FACD 246 (CD) FACT 246 C (MC) 
                      FULL PRICE
                      Coupled with:Tippett Quartet No.3

                      Arr. Barshai as Chamber Symphony Op.110a
                      Kreisler String Orchestra 
                      DOLPHIN CD 0001 (CD) 
                      FULL PRICE
                      Coupled with: Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht

                        Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

                        First Choice: 
                        Scottish National Orchestra 
                        Conductor: JÄRVI, Neeme 
                        CHANDOS CHAN 8411 (CD) ABTD 1148 (MC) ABRD 1148 (LP) 
                        FULL PRICE
                        Coupled with: Symphony No.6

                          Shostakovich: Cello Sonata

                          First Choice:
                          Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano) 
                          CBS CD 44664 (CD)
                          FULL PRICE

                          Back-Up - Recommended Version
                          Lynn Harrell (cello), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) 
                          DECCA 421 774-2 (CD) 
                          FULL PRICE

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

                            First Choice:
                            Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
                            Conductor: HAITINK, Bernard 
                            DECCA 411 616-2 (CD) SXDL 7621 (LP)
                            FULL PRICE

                            Back-Up Recommended Version
                            Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
                            ConductorHAITINK, Bernard
                            DECCA 411 616-2 (CD) SXDL 7621 (LP)
                            FULL PRICE

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