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Why Not... its good. :)

Only yesterday I did the same thing myself, bought a complete set of all Bach's music for organ, simply because it was there like Mt Everest on the shelf in HMV (cheap though). 20+ hours of it.

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I like Shostakovich. One of my favourite composers.

If you like the russian composers such as Tchiakovsky and Rachmaninov you will probably like this.

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I will let this have a spin first. I have not got a clue just took a punt .Came highly recommended.cheers for the others

Lee:)

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Got that Bernard Haitink Box set a few year ago. It is one of the better complete collection around and one that you should enjoy for a long time.

Having said that since the 11 was one of my favourite I also bought the Rostropovich's 2002 version since it was cheap. The difference in tempo totally change the meaning of the work. It seems he is working his way around the whole cycle slowly with LSO. Hope he manage to complete them one day.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006C2D8/qid=1129445495/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_10_6/202-7035186-6750265

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I couldn't believe the hype around that Rostropovich 11th on LSO live, because frankly I found it dreadful - totally lacking in tension.

Last year I acquired a bargain complete set on Brilliant Classic, the WDR orchestra (Cologne Radio) conducted by Rudolf Barshai - an oldfriend and collaborator of the composer. Its got excellent sound and generally great performances. The 11th in it is superb, lifts the agitprop music up to the same level as the best of his symphonies (IMO - 4, 6, 10 and 15).

I've heard most of the Haitink set over the years, its generally very verygood, but I would supplement it with Karajan's 1967 10th to it , and maybe one of Bernstein's 5ths.

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Hi GofA, I hope so this is a blind purchase.Plus first toe in the classical pond to speak of. £6 per disc not bad really.

Lee:)

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Glens of Antrim wrote:

Hi Lee,

Good luck with thesymphonies - I'll be interested to hear what you think of them. I've been thinking of dipping my toe into Shostakovich, but tbh have been put off by his perceived 'difficulty'.

Regards GofA

I will let you know. Ihave only two classicalcompilations. And one was bought for the British Airways advert music.

I will try and listen and give you a good review but it may take a while.

Lee:)

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I will try and do each of thesymphonies seperately. I am not the best a typing and the use of fancy words(thick me). I will try my best. I may struggle with this being my first step into the classical side of things.

Lee:)

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Musicbox,

Is this the one you are refering to? Might look it up.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B000067F6C/102-3637472-9801729?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Well, as a Karajan fanatic it would have been wonderful it he did try his hand a few more of these great symphonies.

Recently I received an email from Linn that the RSNO/Lazarev also have recorded the 11 and available for sale. I have not had the opportunity to follow most of their Shostakovich performances including this one. If you have heard this, what do you think?

Purplepleaser,

Looking forwad to hear what you think of Shostakovich. This boxset has a few CDs that were responsible for inducing severe upgraditis when I first heard them with my previous older toys.

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wolfgang wrote:

Musicbox,

Is this the one you are refering to? Might look it up.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B000067F6C/102-3637472-9801729?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Well, as a Karajan fanatic it would have been wonderful it he did try his hand a few more of these great symphonies.

Recently I received an email from Linn that the RSNO/Lazarev also have recorded the 11 and available for sale. I have not had the opportunity to follow most of their Shostakovich performances including this one. If you have heard this, what do you think?

That's the one... it was available in UK for about £25, but haven't seen it in the shops for a while. An absolute bargain if you can find it.

No. 10 must have been about the only post 1945 music that Karajan performed... he claimed a special affinity for it. I am not much of a Karajan fan myself, but this is one of the dozen or so recordings he made out of hundreds that is special.

I haven't heard the RSNO/Lazarev 11th, but the G'phone review wasn't too flattering. I find Lazarev, and the RSNO,very hit-or-miss - I saw him do the 4th with the RSNO twice, once in 1993 which was superb, and again in 2000 or 2001, and it was dreadful, orchestra was falling asleep. A couple of weeks later saw them do Mahler 9 with Benjamin Zander, that was the best I have ever heard them, stonking.

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