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Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, January 2013

I generally prefer different conductors and ensembles rather than unified sets, on the premise that it’s rare for one maestro and band to excel in all the chosen works. Well, I’m prepared to make an exception here, as this cycle is more consistent than most. It’s also chockful of insight and inspiration, with several performances that rank with the best available. In terms of sonics this is a remarkable achievement as well…

Immensely satisfying; a traversal to treasure. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



SACD Lives, February 2009

This set of Shostakovich’s Complete Symphonies by Dmitrij Kitajenko conducting the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is overall the best Shostakovich musically and sonically I have ever heard. Bravo Capriccio!... Kitajenko's Symphony No. 4 is sonically and musically superb; it may very well end up being my favorite Shostakovich Symphony. I was also surprised by home much I loved Symphony No. 14, as I was never taken by it before, this one is really enjoyable.

Sonics vary ranging from excellent to magnificent and the dynamic range is huge, timbre is accurate and soundstaging is excellent. Some are live recordings and others are studio recordings. Some sound closely mic’ed while others more distant. The engineering is near perfect as is the conducting. Mr. Kitayenko's tempos are slower on some symphonies than some other conductors however the more I hear his versions, the others sound rushed. This is Shostakovich done right!

Every symphony in this set in performance beats all other versions I've heard with the exception of Symphony No. 10, although it is an excellent performance as well. This is the best Shostakovich complete symphony cycle sonically and musically. Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers so this being on SACD is a total blessing for me.

I highly recommend this set!

Review is of the 2 channel stereo high resolution DSD layer.





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