Shostakovich Kammersinfonie Op.110a has been over-recorded, but this account is one to reckon with

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The Barshai arrangement has been used but Van Alphen’s interpretation is nothing if not personal. He secures aggression without loss of articulation in the Allegro, dispatching the Allegretto with a kee irony, the keeping the Largo in motion so its explosive outbursts and lamenting allusions are set in relief by a finale that brings the whole work fatalistically full circle.