- Audio CD (March 15 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B000002S5Q
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Shostokovich: Sym. 11 '1905'
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This has always been the version of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 to go by. All others pale against this. This first appeared as a double vinyl LP in the 1960s, then as a single LP in the 1970s, and now on this CD. But give credit where all the credit is due: Stokowski extracts a deeply felt performance from the Houston Symphony Orchestra that catches all the nuances of the slow passages of each movement. But kudos go to the sound engineers who capture the incredible bass passages in the last movement. Since this is also a mid-price CD, this is the one to get. --Paul Cook
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This recording is the standard by which to compare all other recordings of Symphony No. 11. The brilliance of Stokowski and the Houston SO is that from the first drawn out notes, they are able to convey texture and subtlety. Turn up the volume to capture it all -- it's fantastic!
My advice is to find a good history tome or sea-going adventure to read along with this -- they're perfect together!
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