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© 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 31 January–3 February 2004
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Booklet text in English and German
Total playing time 79:29
Released May 2005

CD: Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

LPO conducted by Kurt Masur

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Kurt Masur conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Boris Garlitsky leader

Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 stand as milestones in what is probably the most important symphonic canon of the 20th century. In these live recordings Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra survey the First Symphony, which established the composer as a skilful symphonist, and the Fifth, which confirmed his status as one of the greatest artistic talents of his time.

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‘The first release on the LPO’s own CD label (a present-day trend) displays this orchestra’s excellence in emphatic style, with some superb soloists, serious class in every department, and an impressive refusal to over-egg things by playing too loudly.’
Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM, August 2005

‘Until the night of 3 February 2004, I’d always thought of Kurt Masur as an admirable human being but a slightly detached master-sculptor of the great symphonies. Everything changed with that evening’s performance of Shostakovich Five, the force of which still resonates in this invaluable memento of an overwhelming occasion.’
David Nice, BBC Music, July 2005

‘As to available recorded performances of the Fifth, few that I’ve heard lay it on the line quite as emphatically as Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra did at a Royal Festival Hall concert early last year.’
Rob Cowan, The Independent, May 2005

‘An auspicious first release in what one hopes will be a fruitful ongoing series from the LPO’
The Independent, May 2005

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