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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting alternative to the well-knowns June 22 2006
By Joshua Saulle - Published on Amazon.com
Maybe it's because this was the first performance of the Fifth Symphony I ever heard, but this has always been my favorite recording of it. Conducted by the composer's son, this performance takes a more unified interpretation than I've heard in other recordings. That is, it views the music more as a continuous organic stream. Shifts in tempo and mood are more subtle than in some other recordings - this has the effect of downplaying the 'grotesque' element which is so often ascribed to Shostakovich's music. The overall tempos of each movement, also, seem to me to be more appropriate; slow tempos are never allowed to drag, fast tempos never accelerate to the point of ridiculousness. While some would say that this is a less imaginative approach, and that the grotesque and black humor elements are signatures of Shostakovich's style, I also think in this case Maxim's interpretation allows the music to become more purely musical - less a commentary on artistic politics, Soviet life or culture, or any of the various other extramusical programs that customarily are attached to this piece - and more simply a wonderful and timeless symphonic statement. And the popularity of Shostakovich's music even among people who never experienced the Soviet regime attests to the universal humanity and inherent musical value of his work.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this currently in print, I can't understand. Aug. 6 2012
By En.N - Published on Amazon.com
This is a masterful and insightful interpretation of the Symphony No. 5. Maybe because it doesn't have the exaggerated flash of the overwrought Bernstein interpretations (I think Lenny was trying TOO HARD), it's currently out of print after being available in several different stereo LP, cassette and CD incarnations over the years. Or perhaps the powers that be in Russia aren't interested in finding another Western partner to reissue it?

Whichever...it's a shame. Maxim Shostakovich plays it as music, not as a programme, and the symphony is stronger for it. With the USSR Symphony, he even outdoes his later London Symphony recording, though that one is a close second. Alas, it's out of print, too.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shostakovich March 12 2013
By Frederick Snyders - Published on Amazon.com
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A virtuoso performance - Absolutely �pre-orgasmic�! Oct. 24 1999
By Mr. Lu, Kang (misterlukang@yahoo.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Maxim did an exelent job of interpreting his father.
...Though they could've left out "The Age of Gold".

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