Magazine article Gramophone

Shostakovich * Stravinsky * Varese: Shostakovich Symphony No 6

Magazine article Gramophone

Shostakovich * Stravinsky * Varese: Shostakovich Symphony No 6

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Shostakovich * Stravinsky * Varese Shostakovich Symphony No 6, Op 54 (a) Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (b) Varese Ameriques (c) Bavarian Radio Symphony (b) Chorus and Orchestra / Mariss Jansons BR-Klassik (M) [DO] 900161 (80' * DDD) Also available In 'Mariss Jansons: Portrait', BR-Klassik (M) (5) 900157 (6h 54' * DDD) Recorded live at the (ab) Herkulessaal, Munich, (b) March 5 & 6, 2009, (a) March 18-21,2013; (c) Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, October 13-16,2015

Available to download or in the context of a 75th-birthday box, this generous 20th-century portrait mixes the relatively unexpected with repertoire commonly associated with its conductor.

Mariss Jansons first recorded Shostakovich's Sixth in Oslo as part of a peripatetic symphony cycle 17 years in the making (EMI, 11/06). The present account would seem to be that first released by BR-Klassik in tandem with Tchaikovsky's Pathetique (8/14). It's gloriously played, as one expects from this source, if without the emotional urgency and refreshing lightness of Paavo Jarvi's recent Estonian Festival version (Alpha, 3/18). I find Jansons's first movement too fast, the rest trim rather than dangerous.

While the other pieces might not look like core Jansons fare, both featured previously in his 2011-12 concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. …

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