Shostakovich: Symphony No.8

Absolutely ferocious recording of Shostakovich’s symphony on the tragedy of war

Shostakovich’s blisteringly tragic Eighth Symphony, written in the midst of World War II, is regarded as his “Guernica,” a powerful examination of the horror of war. Initially censured by the Soviet authorities, it is now honored as one of Shostakovich’s most dramatic and moving compositions. Yevgeny Mravinsky, to whom the work is dedicated, first premiered the work in 1943 and in this legendary recording from late in the legendary Soviet maestro’s career, now issued with correction to pitch errors that plagued previous international releases, presents this masterpiece with a ferocity that was later praised by Gramophone.