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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    My favorite 13th right now is definitely the recent Muti/CSO on their own CSO Resound label. It's an incredible performance!
    Indeed, I second the motion... terrific recording!!

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    For DS#10 - Stokowski/Chicago- live, 3/66 (CSO archival set - CSO - First 100 Years)...unbelievable!! For me, head and shoulders above the rest, and I've heard some really good ones - Mravinsky x 3, Mitropoulos, Solti, Karajan, Ormandy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicissimus View Post
    Yes, since finding the Muti/CSO recording a couple of weeks ago in relation to a thread about good recordings by Muti, it’s completely won me over. I’m streaming it at 24-bit/96 kHz and it sounds magnificent. It’s clearly the best performance of “Babi Yar” I’ve ever heard, and I know several because it’s my second-favorite Shostakovich symphony.
    I prefer Wigglesworth's performance to Muti's, and it has outstanding sound (especially in multichannel). The worst performance I know is Rostropovich's, because the underpowered collegiate chorus is just not sufficient to convey the intensity of the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    For DS#10 - Stokowski/Chicago- live, 3/66 (CSO archival set - CSO - First 100 Years)...unbelievable!! For me, head and shoulders above the rest, and I've heard some really good ones - Mravinsky x 3, Mitropoulos, Solti, Karajan, Ormandy....
    I am not sure I would go that far but, yes, that certainly is a good one. Stokowski had a real gift for Shostakovich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    Alright, enough of us have praised the Muti Shostakovich Thirteenth now that it's past due for someone to come in, bash it, and insinuate we're all idiots for thinking it's any good and not stating as our preference the Pispott Q. Jakhasz recording with the Eseldorf Staatskapelle from a Morse Code digital broadcast in 1967.
    Muti's Shostakovich 13 is really really terrible, possibly the worst recording out there.

    Admittedly, I haven't actually heard it........

    And don't you dare knock that Eseldorf orchestra, they were recently officially acknowledged as the fifth best orchestra in Liechtenstein. No mean feat.
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    Being serious for a moment, I'm adding Kondrashin's 1966 Moscow recording of No.4 to my list ( see post #5). Awesome performance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I am not sure I would go that far but, yes, that certainly is a good one. Stokowski had a real gift for Shostakovich.
    Yes, indeed, he really gets a firestorm going with his CSO #10....I can't imagine what that sounded like live, in the hall!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Being serious for a moment, I'm adding Kondrashin's 1966 Moscow recording of No.4 to my list ( see post #5). Awesome performance!
    I have Kondrashin/MoscowPO on Shost #4, from '62...it is dynamite, one of my favorites..

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    A Kondrashin performance of Symphony No 4 I enjoy is the German premier of the Symphony (February 23rd 1963) on a Profil disc with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

    Quote from BBC Magazines review:

    "…trombone and trumpet solos, throwing careful intonation to the winds, achieve even more rasping emphasis than their Moscow counterparts in the 1962 recording. Unique, though, are the staggering dynamic range, focus and atmosphere of the Dresden Staatskapelle's string playing. Kondrashin, like Mravinsky, was famous for his intensive pianissimos and the gradations of his crescendos and this is perhaps the finest testament to them, especially in the twilight zones of the imploding first movement, the shadow-world of the finale's off-kilter ballet divertissement and the tragic snuffing-out of the relentless C minor coda."

    All I know is it's pretty impressive and after a few minutes you forget the sound quality of the early 60's live recording.
    Last edited by Malx; Jun-30-2020 at 09:50. Reason: added review

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorf View Post
    My favorite 13th right now is definitely the recent Muti/CSO on their own CSO Resound label. It's an incredible performance!
    I greatly enjoyed that recording, too. Muti takes it at a more deliberate pace than most, which turns out to be very effective over the span of the symphony.

    A real sleeper of a DSCH 13 is that of David Shallon, with John Shirley-Quirk and the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, which is still around as a download, I believe, and well worth hearing.

    Shostakovich 13 Shallon.jpg

    Less easily obtainable, but well worth seeking out, is a fine recording by Eugene Ormandy with his Philadelphia forces and Tom Krause. Apparently it was the first recording of the 13th made in the West, and very good it is too:

    Shostakovich 13 Ormandy.jpg

    There's an excellent "Ormandy Conducts Shostakovich" box-set from Sony, but unfortunately the 13th isn't included. I had to get mine imported from Japan, but it was worth it.

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    Talking about Kondrashin's MoscowPO 4th. The BMG/Melodiya listed 1962 as the recording year while Melodiya's own listed 1966, but the playing time excluding silences is virtually the same. They also sound very similar. The recorded sound orientation is different though, one sounds dull, the other bright. I do wonder if they are the same recording.

    On the other hand, the Profil (listed 1963) is definitely different (and with the Dresden Staatskapelle). And a great 4th as well.

    Is there any other Kondrashin recordings of the 4th? It's a nightmare for collectors like that of Mravinsky's (though he left us no 4th.)

    Vasily Petrenko's 4th is pretty persuasive too.

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    I'm a HUGE Shostakovich fan. I can't say for sure because there's lots of recordings of Shostakovich's wonderful symphonies that I haven't heard, but I think that by-and-large the complete set with Rudolf Barshai with the WDR Orchestra is very good all all counts, including the price. Leonard Bernsten is also very good as he did a handful of Shostakovich symphonies once for Columbia recordings with the NYPO and again for DG with various orchestras. Ormandy has already been mentioned for his very vibrant recording of the 13th, and his recording of the 15th is also very good. Stokowski's recording of the 11th was a favorite of mine for years as I first purchased it on vinyl and then again on CD, but Russian conductors such as Mravinsky and Barshai do a better job at capturing the Russian flavor of the 11th and other Shostakovich symphonies. Rostropovich's first hand at the 5th (1983 rec) that he did with the National Philharmonic is also excellent. Not mentioned yet is Benjamin Britten's recording of the 14th with Galina Vishnevskaya, Mark Rezhetin, and the English Chamber Orchestra which is one of the finest recordings of that work, bar none.

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    One thing I find lacking in the Barshai set is bass--the recording is a little bass-shy.

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