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Diese Aufnahme aus den späten Achtzigern ist auch für Klassik-Freunde geeignet, die mit Schostakowitsch nicht so viel anfangen können. Insbesondere das Spiel des Chicago Symphony Orchestra ist ein Erlebnis, die messerscharfe Präzision und der schroffe Klang des Blechs passen wunderbar zu dieser erschütternden Sinfonie. Bernsteins Dirigat bringt die emotionalen Extreme dieses Werks optimal zur Geltung - sowohl die schwere Melancholie und geradezu erschreckende Depressivität, als auch die gewaltigen, dissonanten Entladungen und der wahrlich bombastische Ausklang des 4.Satzes. Die Klangqualität der DDD-Aufnahme ist perfekt. Trotz des gesalzenen Preises sollte man an dieser Aufnahme nicht vorbeigehen, an dieser CD wird man viele Jahre Freude haben.
Gerade bei Schostakowitsch konnte Bernstein zeigen, wie tiefgründig gerade seine Leichtigkeit war. Diesem Dirigenten ist leicht gefallen, was vielen zu schwer war. Nichts wirkt überladen, die Musik entfaltet sich und der Hintergrund der Komposition tritt klar an die Oberfläche. Diese Aufnahme ist ein Klassiker von Bernstein und Schostakowitsch zugleich.
A hundred years hence, when the story of twentieth century music has been conclusively written, I believe that the Shostakovich Seventh will go down as one of the handful of truly great works. I think the piece has been underrated since 1945, when all the "serious" critics started retreating from its historical and propaganda value. Once all of that (including the backlash) is washed away, only the music will remain - and what music it is! For me it's by far the best Shostakovich symphony, an opinion I know is not widely shared (but then again, I like progressive rock so my tastes run a bit to the "bombastic"). The Seventh is also interesting as further proof that all film music is lifted wholesale from the masters. Listen to the "invasion" sequence of the first movement, and you'll see where Alex North's got his theme from "Spartacus". Did North think we wouldn't notice? This is THE recording of the Seventh, and the First is entirely wonderful as well...but for me it's like comparing the brightness of the moon against the sun...the Seventh is that fantastic.
I agree with the previous reviewers who thought this was anextraordinary 7th. In those reviews, though, there hasn't been much,if any, mention of the 1st, also an amazing piece (What were you doingwhen you were 18? Not writing a piece like this, I'll wager). I willsay without any hesitation whatsoever that this is greatestperformance of the 1st I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot of them(about 40 years ago, I watched Stokowski rehearse the NY Phil in the1st; they reached the big climax in the last movement, and then SaulGoodman, rest his soul, attacked the tympani solo and broke a drumhead with a loud thwang, which broke up everybody, includingStokowski, who ended the rehearsal, laughing). It isn't evenclose. This music was just in Bernstein's blood and this performanceis perfectly paced with tremendous impact. It also doesn't hurt thathe was conducting the Chicago Symphony. What an orchestra!
This was the first recording of Shostakovich 7 that I ever listened to, years ago. When I returned to survey other recordings of the work, I came away unimpressed. Simply put, the brass in this recording will knock you on your ass. Arnold Jacobs certainly went out with a bang as this was the last recording that he played on. In the outer movements, one can't help but be moved by the sheer passion and volume displayed by the brass section. Bud Herseth and George Vosburgh lead the brass through blazing furious chords that no other orchestra seems to be able to replicate. For those who are not brass enthusiasts, however, this set still has quite a bit to offer. Bernstein's collaboration with the CSO does not disappoint and this recording leaves the listener asking for more. It is a shame that such a dynamic combination recorded so very little, but what was recorded is full of tremendous substance. Some reviewers criticize the first symphony, and I agree that it leaves something to be desired, but it is an excellent technical read that would aid any student in their study of the symphony. Not to mention, the seventh symphony more than makes up for what the first symphony lacks. While this should not be your only recording of these two symphonies, it is one that you should not be without.
The 7th Symphony also known as The Leningrad Symphony has an incredible history behind its composition, and its very first performance., during the siege of Leningrad by the Nazi's during WWII. I would suggest those who wish to absorb the 7th in depth and with greater understanding., read various books & publications on Dmitri Shostakovich's struggles to write the piece during the height of the horrendous conflict raging in and around Leningrad, including death on a huge scale from the weapons of war, as well as starvation and disease. Leonard Bernstein conducts this work by Shostakovich with great skill and sensitivity.