Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shostakovich Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47 - 3. Largo (part 1)

Some have complained that the tempo is too slow here. Nope! That's why they call it a 'largo.' Petrenko is a genius. He brings out the dark poetry in this symphony that other conductors might gloss over. He has also taken an extremely unique approach to the ending. Critics have complained that the finale is the weak link in the symphony. Not any more. While already a masterpiece and perhaps Shostakovich's most popular symphony, Petrenko has unified it and made it whole. He is an amazing conductor.

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