Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shostakovich - 5th Symphony ( Bernstein) 1st Cello Concerto (YoYo Ma, Ormandy)








Shostakovich - 5th Symphony ( Bernstein) 1st Cello Concerto (YoYo Ma, Ormandy)
Orchestral | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 303 MB
October 25, 1990 | Sony | RapidShare



This CD has the ultimate Leonard Bernstein performance of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. He paces the first movement slower than his overrated 1959 recording, giving it time to develop,making the sinister march sound very well integrated into the score and hence, much more menacing. The scherzo is paced and played flawlessly, correcting Bernstein's earlier romp. The Largo is played to maximum intensity and the finale is one of the best "triumphant" recordings out there. It's fast but not too fast and sounds all the more satisfying. The performance all around is very intense and not at all flaccid or plodding, it's just that Bernstein takes his time to develop the themes, with very rewarding results. The sound quality is superb, with great detail and massive brass.
The Cello Concerto no. 1 is played flawlessly by Yo-Yo Ma, under Eugene Ormandy's masterful baton, with excellent orchestral accompaniment.
In short if you were considering Bernstein's earlier performance on "Bernstein Century", skip it and get this one instead.--Amazon


CD Content

# Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Composed by Dmitry Shostakovich
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein

# Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
Composed by Dmitry Shostakovich
with Yo-Yo Ma
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy

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