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<br>Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 - Bernstein<p>Cisco Reviewed</p>




Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 - Bernstein

Cisco Reviewed


Sonic Grade: B

This Cisco 180 gram LP has EXCELLENT SOUND. Without a doubt this pressing is a HUGE improvement over the majority of shrill originals. Robert Pincus, Mr. Record himself, loaned me his best original Columbia pressing for the shootout. Not surprisingly it sounded every bit as hard, shrill and aggressive as others I have heard. Sounds lovely in the quiet passages, but you better cover your ears in the tuttis.

That’s why you see so few Columbia classical LPs on our site; the sound is usually terrible, and almost always in the same way: boosted upper midrange/ lower highs.

More of the music written or performed by Leonard Bernstein


Sku # : shostsymph_6115
Manufacturer : Cisco
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These records no doubt sounded great on the consoles of the day, with speakers aimed at your knees, but on hi-fi rigs they are positively deadly.

The aforementioned Mr. Record was also kind enough to provide us with an acetate of the very same recording, one which was cut a bit too loud and couldn't be used. It sounded very much like our test pressing -- warm, rich, and natural, with not a hint of phony sound from top to bottom. It was, however, a bit more textured, spacious and resolving of detail, exactly what you would expect. That said, the finished record has more than enough of all the best qualities we look for in a classical LP, especially that rare quality of Right On The Money Tonality. The string tone is superb. Not many modern remasterings can make that claim. Very few in fact.

This wonderful music belongs in any serious collection. Now that the sound matches the performance, it can be yours, on quiet vinyl no less. This one gets a Top Recormmendation from Better Records as one of the few heavy vinyl pressings that can actually beat the originals.


"A cornerstone of early stereo recordings gets a reissue worthy of its iconic stature. Considered the greatest interpretations of a Russian composer’s work by an American conductor, time has only increased the revelatory wonders of Bernstein’s passionate and technically precise interpretation of Shostakovich’s elusive masterwork. Already one of the great original Columbias, we widened the stage, deepened and tightened the bass and preserved the master tapes’ amazing dynamic range.

"A magnificent reference record in every sense of the word, now available for the first time on 180-gram HQ-180 vinyl."

Source: Cisco Music


1st Movement - Moderato
2nd Movement - Allegretto
3rd Movement - Largo
4th Movement - Allegro Non Troppo
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