LPO – 0103
Made in Lithuania
1 Audio CD
© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
℗ 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 13 December 2003.
Producer: Tony Harrison
Engineer: Limo Hearn, Floating Earth
Total playing time: 70:33
Released: March 2018

CD: Shostakovich Symphony No. 7

LPO conducted by Kurt Masur

Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Leningrad', Op. 60

Kurt Masur conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Composed in 1941, during one of the deadliest sieges in history, Shostakovich's mighty Seventh Symphony stands as a monument to Leningrad and its citizens and is testament to the horrors of war. Broadcast through loudspeakers, the Symphony rang out through the streets of the beseiged yet defiant city; the score was smuggled out on microfilm, past enemy lines, to its British premiere by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In this recording from 2003, Principal Conductor of the time Kurt Masur brings out all the dark drama of this blistering work, which is so close to the Orchestra's heart.

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“I think it’s quite an exceptional performance... The build up to the catastrophic climax is tremendous”
Stephen Johnson, BBC Record Review, June 2018

"Kurt Masur...[gives] the opening a Beethoven-like nobility and vigour. One may admire all the more how Shostakovich masterfully sets the scene, the music dwindling down to a deep-focus calm out of which emerges the infamous 'invasion' theme, sounding perky and innocent at first but slowly and inexorably building to panic-stricken horror." Four  stars
Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine, May 2018