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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Berglund

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Symphony No. 8, Op. 65  
I. Adagio
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Paavo Berglund
II. Allegretto
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Paavo Berglund
III. Allegro non troppo
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Paavo Berglund
IV. Largo
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Paavo Berglund
V. Allegretto
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Paavo Berglund
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:18
"(Berglund) and the superb Russian orchestra provide a fine performance beautifully recorded."
- ClassicalCDReview.com

"... there’s no doubt a magisterial hand is at work, steadily shaping long-term sequences and arriving decisively at apocalyptic climaxes."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... a very fine performance ... there really is something new here for collectors to enjoy. The engineering also is very good ... no question Berglund delivers an intelligent, moving and fully formed conception of this powerful and emotionally draining symphony."
- ClassicsToday.com

"... Berglund’s deliberate, even stoical stance envelops the listener to enact a drama all the more telling for not being signposted ... one of the successes of this recording is the feeling that these are unedited takes ... the ebb and flow of paragraphs and climactic tension are organic and have a build quality commensurate with the concert hall."
- ClassicalSource.com

This recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 won a Supersonic Award from Luxembourg magazine Pizzicato in 2006 in a review that praised this "masterful interpretation" of a "moving symphony." Part of a Shostakovich cycle from the Russian National Orchestra led by different conductors, this volume is helmed by Paavo Berglund.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow (June 2005)
Recording producer: Job Maarse
Producers: Sergei Markov & Rick Walker
Executive producer: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Matthijs Ruijter, Ientje Mooij

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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