Shostakovich - Symphony No 7 (2012)

Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

The Second World War is called the ‘Great Patriotic War’ in Russia for a reason: it has been estimated that at least twenty seven million Soviet citizens lost their lives. The hecatomb of the Great Patriotic War was the largest public sacrifice in the nation’s history. It is thus all the more surprising to encounter some of the sanguine sentiments expressed in the wartime poetry of Olga Berggolts, whose greatest work was inspired by the experience of living through the Leningrad Blockade. ‘We were so happy’, she writes, for example, in “Leningrad Diary”, a poem written during the cold months of January and February 1942 and dedicated to all those defending her city during the siege; ‘We radiated such stormy freedom, /That our grandchildren would envy us’. The fact is that during the war years, everything was simplified. Russians lived in a black and white world of ‘us’ and ‘them’ (that is, the enemy threatening the nation’s destruction). To quote the remarkable Blockade Diary written by the literary critic Lidia Ginzburg, another outstanding female survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, ‘life was cleansed of substitutes and hoaxes’. After decades of paralyzing fear, the trials of war set the people of Soviet Russia on a journey of self-discovery. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that the brilliantly gifted composer who was Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich would find a way of expressing this cleansing and self-discovery in his music when he came to compose his Seventh Symphony.

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Shostakovich - Symphony No 7 (2012)

Shostakovich

Mariinsky Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Vladmir Ryabenko
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad", Op. 60: i. Allegretto
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Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad", Op. 60: ii. Moderato (poco Allegretto)
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Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad", Op. 60: iii. Adagio
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Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad", Op. 60: iv. Allegro non troppo
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