Gripping Intensity

Eliahu Inbal's recording of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony is the first purely orchestral release by the fledgling SWR Symphony Orchestra.

"The tension in the first movement, slowly rising from agitated calm, even really crackling, the emotional up-and-down ride of the second, the funeral march in the third movement grounded in intimacy (...): it tears our hearts and thrills our minds," the Stuttgarter Zeitung enthused about the recording, which was released in March 2021.

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In 2019, Wergo released a portrait CD including Anssi Karttunen’s recordings of Hans Werner Henze’s English Love Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen.