Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Michael Tilson Thomas directs the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 as part of the "Keeping Score" outreach program of the San Francisco Symphony. Thomas also narrates a substantial, valuable documentary about Shostakovich and the Symphony No. 5. Finally, there are other bonus features about the San Francisco Symphony and its recording facilities. Directed for TV by Gary Halvorson. Released 2009, disc is in high-definition video (a bit of SD in the bonus features) and has 5.1 Dolby TrueHD sound. Grade: Help!
The performance of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 was made at a Proms event and was no doubt quite a challenge to record. It probably doesn't get into A+ territory, but it's a fine performance. The documentary on Shostakovich is admirable.
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