Post by Malcolm Y
is this set worth it?
Worth what? Worth owning? Dp you really want that much Shostakovich
all at once, rather than finding out what you like about the composer?
Or worth the $427? That seems expensive for Brilliant Classics. I own
and recommend the Barshai symphonies and the Kuchar jass (etc.) suites,
but those subsets are available (Amazon and Presto) at only 2 or 3
dollars a CD. THe Barshai is an excellent introduction to the
symphonies - it was mine to a number of them - and is consistently
very good, even if not necessarily the "best" for each individual work.
The Kuchar may be as good as it gets for those works. The web page you
linked shows (farther down) the symphony set for $21 - definitely
worth "it". The quartets are another major part of Shostakovich's
works, but I don't know the Rubio versions, and there is no guarantee
you will warm to the works (I definitely have). Note that you can
probably find inexpensive downloads of some other components of the
set at Presto. But the price of the whole box at Amazon seems very
high for a box set these days, and especially so for Brilliant.
At that price, no. The Barshai recordings of the Symphonies are
excellent, though the (currently, and one hopes temporarily) OOP
Michael Sanderling/Dresden PO recordings are, IMO, finer still, and of
astonishing audio quality. The Rubio set of the Quartets is a good
introduction, but the older Borodin Quartet set of 1-13 on Chandos is
essential, and both the Fitzwilliam and Pacifica have more to say than
This looks like one of those cases where an item goes OOP and secondary
market sellers attempt to exploit the situation by posting ridiculous
prices. That is their prerogative, but it would be a huge waste of money
to bite, IMO.