Very interesting music, which I am still discovering. Second listen.
Soon, I'll be able to compare this version with Kitajenko, who seems to be THE Shostakovich director. I ordered the following box set:
But the Kofman is not bad so far. Excellent sonics!
This is a review from Amazon:
The negative remarks made about this series by various critics strike me as entirely misguided. Kofman and the Beethoven Orchestra deliver a massively distinguished performance. One can almost see the Nazi armor advancing into Russia. My suspicion here is that some Europeans have simply decided that a German conductor and orchestra is not allowed to deliver a great performance of Shostakovich. I think it's time for that particular war to be over. This is a superb performance.
Stereo: Halgorythme pre and mono blocks, Burmester 061 - 931 - 948 - V3 & V6 racks, Vivid Audio G2 Giyas, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse IC and SE SC
AV: Halgorythme mono block (center) & stereo block (surrounds), Marantz AV8802A, Oppo BDP-95EU, Pioneer Kuro 60", Vivid Audio C1 & V1w's, Wireworld SE & E