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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

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Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905"  
I. The Palace Square. Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
II. The Ninth of January. Allegro
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
III. In Memoriam. Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
IV. The Tocsin. Allegro non troppo
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:04
"Four Stars ... the work seems to more along better than any other performance I have auditioned ... both the playing and sonics are beyond reproach ... has richer sound and more drama (than other recordings) ..."
- Audiophile Audition

"... Pletnev develops a cogent dramatic contour: there's a screenplay to follow in this famously cinematic music that requires careful pacing ... But Pletnev doesn't present the material as a film score, or even a tone poem: there's still the rigor of a disciplined symphonic argument."
- Fanfare

"... Pletnev and the RNO ... pack a mighty punch in the finale ... the brilliant recording accommodates the seemingly relentless wave of aggression from the orchestra’s brass and percussion section with chilling immediacy... Pletnev is skillful in harnessing the funereal intensity of the slow movement, the shattering climax without a hint of self-indulgence."
- BBC Music Magazine

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra on this award-winning album which forms part of a celebrated Shostakovich cycle. The composer's very popular Symphony No. 11, written in 1957, was given the subtitle The Year 1905 in reference to the Russian Revolution.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recorded live on February 14th, 2005 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Producers: Rick Walker & Sergei Markov
Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Engineers : Matthijs Ruijter, Daan van Aalst
Editing: Matthijs Ruijter

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, DPA 4006 &DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter.
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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