2018-10-28 03:57:31 UTC
Shostakovich: Symphonies 4 and 11. Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris
DG B0028595 (2 CDs).
I had read good reviews in Gramophone and ARG, but didn't plan to buy it
I had not been impressed with previous performances by Nelsons. Then I
the last movement of the Fourth on FM radio. I thought it was very
I think both performances rate a B+. The BSO plays beautifully, and that
may be part
of my hesitance to give it an A-. The playing, especially in the Fourth,
from more edge. Both Jarvi and Ormandy provide it. It seems to me that
just a smidge too moderate, but it's still a fine performance--especially
For the Eleventh, this is not a problem and all goes very well. Sometimes,
symphonies, when Nelsons hits the accelerator, the interpretation can seem a
glib compared to others; as if he is skating over music that other
projected with a stronger profile.
The BSO's own engineers have provided very fine sound with deep bass that DG
and others have never caught this well in Symphony Hall.
Of the performances that I know, my current favorites for the Fourth are
and Jarvi; for the Eleventh, Stokowski. YMMV.