Shostakovich - The Pioneer - Symphonies 1, 2, 3 Et
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Prague Radio Symphony, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philahrmonic, Suk Quartet, Dolezal Quartet, London Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, Jiri Kout, Igor Blazhkov, Vacalv Smetacek
A logical, albeit little performed combination of the first three symphonies by a highly gifted young Shostakovich, who went on to lend his astonishing orchestration talents to a host of avant-garde theatre and ballet productions and to the budding film industry. Although a true activist, he enjoyed the protection of a General and the CultureMinister (that is, until they were discretely eliminated). Here is an unexpected selection, in turn amusing or mainstream, but never vulgar.