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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 - Mravinsky

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 - Mravinsky

Praga Digitals Reminiscences  PRD/DSD 350 120

Mono Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8
Scriabin: La Poème de l'Extase, Op. 54

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Yevgeny Mravinsky


Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 was written in the summer of 1943, and first performed in November of that year by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky, to whom the work is dedicated. Many scholars have ranked it among the composer's finest scores. Some also say Shostakovich intended the work as a "tragedy to triumph" symphony, in the tradition of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler. This release in Praga's Reminiscences series of audiophile SACD remasterings features an historic live recording from 1961 featuring Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic.

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Comment by Waveform - February 17, 2017 (1 of 2)

Has anyone heard this (or any other SACD reissues by Praga)? It seems to be very interesting to receive these historical recordings with new DSD remastering. More inner details for us, I think.

Comment by hiredfox - February 27, 2017 (2 of 2)

This has been discussed on several threads before but the chances are you have not seen those comments unless a specific disc grabbed your interest.

The real problem with these re-treads from Praga are the source materials which often are old radio recordings of concerts and quite often only mono recordings at that. Before you even think of buying, do a google or wiki search to see if you can identify the specific performances being offered. On the upside, Praga do analogue to DSD direct transfers so they do their best with what they have but don't expect miracles or mch delights.

My own experience has been disappointing, the few discs of favourite artists from the past that I have bought will be the last as SQ has not been adequate to justify expenditure.