, 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.