"You have successfully described John Williams!!!" - Best DSCH joke.
"I think that it is clear to everyone what happens in the Fifth. The rejoicing is forced, created under threat, as in [Mussorgsky's] Boris Godunov. It's as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying, 'Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing,' and you rise, shaky, and go marching off, muttering, 'Our business is rejoicing, our business is rejoicing.' What kind of apotheosis is that? You have to be a complete oaf not to hear that." - Testimony
This playlists collects Shostakovich's Op. 1-147, sorted by number, as well as important works without opus number, inserted to their approximate chronological positions. The latter includes: Jazz Suite No. 1, Suite for Variety Orchestra, Anti-Formalist Rayok, and some early pieces for piano and string quartet. All chamber symphonies arranged from the string quartets are also included.
Under the premise of only using recordings that are available on both Spotify UK and USA, my choices were limited, nevertheless I managed to sort out a list of great Shostakovich recordings: Haitink's 4th on CSO Resound, Bernstein's 5th with NYPO (helter-skelter tempo), Previn's 8th with LSO, Rostropovich's 14th with his wife Galina Vishnevskaya as the soprano, and Ormandy's 15th with The Philadelphia Orchestra. For the string quartets (press Ctrl/CMD+F and input string quartet to browse), I put in more than 10 different ensembles, including Beethoven Quartet who premiered most of these quartets. Vengerov's recording of Violin Concerto No.1 is not on Spotify USA, so I "settled" for David Oistrakh.
Here's the Spotify playlist: Dmitri Shostakovich: Complete Chronological Catalogue (873 tracks, total time: 2 days) Press Ctrl (CMD)+G to browse in album view. See list of works here. For beginners, check out this Naxos compilation first: Shostakovich - A Portrait. In the Composer As Pianist playlist you can find more recording of this "honorable mention" winner at the 1st Chopin Competition.
By the way: 1, the French composers series is not over, I just feel like taking a break. 2, New Google+ page for this blog.