Shostakovich: Symphonies 6 & 14


© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

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Symphony No. 6 recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,
London, on 17 May 2013. Symphony No. 14 recorded live at Southbank Centre’s
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 18 February 2006.

Producer and editor: Andrew Walton (K&A Productions)

Sound engineers: Deborah Spanton (Symphony No. 6); Mike Clements (Symphony
No. 14)

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Ltd.

Total playing time 77:58

DDD Stereo

Released October 2014

CD: Shostakovich: Symphonies 6 & 14

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75)
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 14

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Tatiana Monogarova soprano
Sergei Leiferkus baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony has often been overlooked between the famous heroic testimony of the Fifth and the overwhelming wartime statements of the Seventh and the Eighth. However it is a profoundly personal work, juxtaposing deeply felt sorrow in the slow first movement with hollow cheer in the latter two – an ironic response to official demands for lightness, cheerfulness and optimism. The Fourteenth is even less traditional in conception, a haunting and affecting song-cycle for two voices and chamber orchestra on poems by several authors unified by the theme of death.

BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, November 2014

CD booklet includes full song texts and English translations for Symphony No. 14.

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