The RNO/Pentatone Shostakovich Cycle

The Russian National Orchestra is recording the complete cycle of Dmitry Shostakovich's symphonies for PentaTone Classics, featuring the RNO’s principal and guest conductors.

For press acclaim and more information on any of the recordings, click on its image.




Sample Press Acclaim for the Cycle


“This RNO focused series from Pentatone is fast turning into the most exciting cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies to be put down on disc and is easily the best recorded.” (August 2006)


“This cycle with PentaTone and the Russian National Orchestra is promising to become a truly magnificent set.” (July 2006)


“The interpretive and sound quality are very high.”

Scherzo (Spain) (January 2008)


“Mikhail Pletnev delivers a strongly compelling and often illuminating interpretation of Shostakovich's final symphony... each instrumental strand in this very linear composition [is] projected with amazing clarity....”

BBC Music Magazine (August 2009)


“The recording quality of this SACD is absolutely superb... every detail of Shostakovich's orchestration is strikingly clear... Pletnev's performances make another valuable addition to this splendid ongoing Shostakovich cycle.” (May 2009)


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What They’re Saying

"[The] American-Russian Festival Orchestra, featuring distinguished players from the Russian National Orchestra and a number of prominent American orchestras...[conveys] a vital message to our participants and observers, that by working together we can share our musical and historical cultures and increase our understanding of one another."

Athena T. Blackburn

Founding board member, Festival Napa Valley