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Just terrible...

Wow. It is incredible how bad this recording is. The orchestra is sloppy and clearly unrehearsed. They often do not play together, their balance is terrible, and at one point the flutes even completely miss their entrance for a section solo! And that is only the tip of a very large iceberg. Live recordings always seem a little rougher around the edges for a number of reasons, but this one is exceptional in all the wrong ways. There are several points where people are clearly dropping things on stage, and one one point you even hear someone (in the audience, I hope) blowing their nose.

Botstein's interpretation is different than much of what has come before, which that is not necessarily a bad thing. His tempos are a little fast for my taste in most of the symphony, which I think takes away from some of its power. However, the biggest problems were simply the quality of the orchestra and the recording, and it was difficult to judge Botstein's interpretation due to these issues.

If you're a collector of Shostakovich recordings, you might consider buying this recording simply for the shock value. But otherwise, stay away from this recording. There are many better ones right here on iTunes.


Genre: Classical

In 1962, Leopold Stokowski -- one of the most famous, charismatic, and controversial conductors of the second quarter of the twentieth century -- found his career ebbing. Stokowski had recently been toiling in places like Houston, TX, and recording with pickup orchestras when he decided to form his own orchestra in New York City, but not a clone of the entrenched New York Philharmonic. He recruited American musicians, not the European imports who populated the nation's other major orchestras. He...
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, "The Year 1905", American Symphony Orchestra
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 28, 2010

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