SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonie No. 5 / Ashkenazy 4784252
. . . an excellent Fifth in great sound and with a unique coupling to boot . . . [the Royal Philharmonic plays] passionately and with tremendous accuracy . . . Ashkenazy gives us a reading of great power, with startlingly present brass and percussion . . . it ranks among the best modern versions, and is all the more valuable considering that so few realize the conductor's gifts for this composer. The Finale is powerful . . . ["Kammersymphonie"]: This present rendition is also very fine, and makes an apt and unusual coupling . . . the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brilliantly delivers the goods . . . Ashkenazy and his Royal Philharmonic forces again prove that they understand the composer's moods and sound world. Speaking of the sound, these recordings always sounded good, and still do . . . a nice reminder of what a fine conductor he made himself.