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True, mbhaub, 'bout Robt. Craft, in many ways. Well, at the TIME, there was a neo-classical period that even Stravinsky embraced, so I wouldn't condemn him, too strongly. BTW, there's a truly EXCELLENT recording, by Craft, with the great Chicago Symphony of the time (late '60s?) in an orchestration (by Schoenberg!) of Brahms' Piano Quartet, Op. 25. Maybe we shouldn't "write him off"/Craft, too soon - eh? ... Also, thanks for mentioning your favorites of the Shostakovich Symphonies ... and yes, 8, 9, 10 and others are truly FINE. I might suggest two of his earlier works - hardly, ever played or recorded, anymore - the 2nd and the 3rd ... and the 4th "ain't bad", either. Thanks!
 

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Forster, Oct. 13th, 11:18 ... is right. The Second and Third Symphonies are definitely, NOT "dreck" ... but continuations of the brilliance that Shostakovich exhibited, in his First Symphony. In the Fourth, his "canvas" started to sprawl, a bit, but still retained the originality of the period, before Stalin cracked-down.
 
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