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David Gutman
Gramophone, October 2015

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies and Concertos (Complete) (Gergiev) (8 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) 107551
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies and Concertos (Complete) (Gergiev) (4 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, HD) 107552

Gergiev’s Shostakovich is theatrical as much as symphonic and mostly quite brisk. He never dawdles gloomily as do many Westerners, never intellectualises like Kurt Sanderling and shows little interest in Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s Soviet surrealism. One may feel that he exacts more blood and guts from the music than the composer actually intended, while accepting the distortion as part and parcel of a living tradition with a complicated ethical back story. In devoting his life to the development and funding of the Mariinsky, Gergiev has had to cultivate the powers that be. This too adds to his understanding of the composer’s exposed situation and the nature of his unavoidably Janus-faced legacy. For all my nitpicking, the production arguably trumps his previous recordings of the same pieces, and admirers will surely wish to scrutinise that fluttery semaphore at close quarters, clarified now and then by means of a toothpick. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Benson, June 2015

Gergiev is an ideal conductor for this project, and the superb Russian orchestra responds energetically, each musician a virtuoso indeed. Video is excellent…

All of the soloists are perfection, Danill Trifonov and Denis Matsuev give dazzling performances of the piano concertos… Vadim Repin, Alena Baeva, Gautier Capuçon and Mario Brunelio are masters of their instruments and give impassioned readings, and we have many opportunities to watch their virtuosity up close. Of course the vocal soloists are idiomatic and totally secure. © 2015 Read complete review

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