Shostakovich Symphony No. 7

Part of the RNO/PentaTone Shostakovich Cycle
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato (poco allegretto)
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro non troppo
Paavo Järvi, conductor
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2016 Grammy Nomination, Best Surround Sound Album

Diapason d'Or (September 2015)

Diapason d'Or de l'année 2015

MusicWeb Recording of the Month (April 2015)

MusicWeb Recording of the Year (2015)


Do we need another Shostakovich symphony? Yes we do, and especially this one!... [Paavo Järvi] shows himself to be a true conveyor of the deeper meaning of this symphony without succumbing to personal glory. And the RNO is the perfect vehicle... We owe, once again, much to the Pentatone engineers for transmitting the wide dynamics without the slightest distortion and with a detailed soundstage embracing you to the point of complete involvement. It's my fourth version of this symphony and I would not want to be without it. Highly recommended!


All bets were off in Moscow when Paavo Jarvi decided to record the "Leningrad" Symphony, but he produced one of his best recordings yet with a reading that is refreshingly radical, while avoiding the ponderousness that often plagues this work.

CD Choice

Järvi takes exactly what many listeners now consider to be the right approach... lean, sinewy and free of bombast -- but never at the expense of the sheer overwhelming force of the music, which is always given full measure in this remarkable reading. Swifter than most (it is accommodated on a single disc), this performance is accorded one of PentaTone's most wide-ranging recordings, and the sheer impact of the climaxes is nigh overwhelming.

Music Web International

You simply won't hear a more thoughtful and revealing performance of the Leningrad than this... Even more impressive is the superb recording, whose perspectives are as close to the concert-hall experience as I've heard in a very long time... An unaffected, deeply humanising Seventh; quite possibly the best thing Paavo Järvi has ever done.

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace