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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Barber Adagio

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 14.2 x 12.5 x 1.19 cm; 108.01 Grams
  • Manufacturer : REFERENCE RECORDINGS
  • Manufacturer reference : unknown
  • Original Release Date : 2017
  • Label : REFERENCE RECORDINGS
  • ASIN : B073FFSJ98
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

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In his fascinating and scholarly music notes, Maestro Honeck gives us great insight into the history of both pieces, and describes how he conducts and interprets each. He reminds us that Joseph Stalin's Soviet government was offended by Shostakovich's previous works. Under threat of arrest or banishment to Siberia, Shostakovich devised a new, less-complex compositional style for the 5th Symphony, still full of irony and double meaning, to appease Stalin and appeal to the common people. The Adagio of Samuel Barber is his most performed work, and one of the most popular of all 20th Century orchestral works. It is beloved for its beautiful simplicity and emotion. Manfred Honeck describes Barber's 1967 a capella version for mixed choir using the ''Agnus Dei'' text, and tells us his own interpretaiton is inspired by this text. He says it is ''for me, without a doubt, the key to finding a deeper sense of this piece. Perhaps it is for this reason that the Adagio has enchanted and moved audiences around the world since its very first incarnation and has continued to do so in all subsequent versions born since.'' This release is the seventh in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of releases from Reference Recordings.

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Jeremy Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid Shostakovich Fifth from Honeck.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandig sound
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Dr. Tim Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Curious coupling; nice Shostakovich with a better Barber Adagio on a superbly engineered recording.
Reviewed in Canada on 20 November 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of both worlds
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