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Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (Russian:  Дми́трий Дми́триевич Шостако́вич , tr. Dmitriy Dmitrievich Shostakovich, pronounced [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj ˈdmʲitrʲɪɪvʲɪtɕ ʂəstɐˈkovʲɪtɕ]; 25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).

A poly-stylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his music. Shostakovich's music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the post-Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.

Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His piano works include two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956), as well as the Suites composed for the Gadfly.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Symphony no. 1 in F / Festive Overture Dmitri Shostakovich; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ančerl 1
1964 Symphony No. 5 Shostakovich; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin 4
1966 Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) Shostakovich; U.S.S.R. Symphony Orchestra, Svetlanov 1
1975 Symphony No. 10 Shostakovich; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis 4
1980 Symphony No. 5 Shostakovich; Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic 1
1980 Symphony No. 5 in D minor / Festival Overture Shostakovich; USSR Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny Svetlanov 2
1981 Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 Shostakovich; The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1981 Symphony no. 14 Shostakovich; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Júlia Várady, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 1
1982 Symphony no. 5 Shostakovich, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2
1983 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Barber, Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1983 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / The Assault on Beautiful Gorky Shostakovich; English Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Dmitri Alexeev, Philip Jones 2
1983 Piano Quintet & Trio Dmitri Shostakovich; The Borodin Trio, Mimi Zweig, Jerry Horner 1
1983 Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5 / Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suite no. 1 Shostakovich, Prokofiev; National Symphony Orchestra, Rostropovich 1
1983 Symphony no. 5 Dmitri Shostakovich; National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovic 3
1984 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Samuel Barber, Dmitri Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1984 Symphony no. 8 Shostakovich; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 3
1985 Cello Concertos nos. 1, 2 Dmitri Shostakovich; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Maxim Shostakovich, Heinrich Schiff 3
1985 Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 35 / Chamber Symphony op. 110a Dmitri Shostakovich; Maxim Shostakovich, Dmitri Shostakovich, I Musici de Montréal, James Thompson, Yuli Turovsky 1
1985 Symphonies nos. 1 & 9 Dmitri Shostakovich; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1985 Symphony no. 1 in F, op. 10 / Symphony no. 6 in B minor, op. 54 Dmitri Shostakovich; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1985 Symphony No. 12 in D Minor "The Year 1917" (USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky) Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович 1
1986 Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 102 / Symphony for strings, op. 118a Dmitri Shostakovich; I Musici de Montréal, Maxim Shostakovich, Dmitri Shostakovich Jr. 1
1986 Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93 Shostakovich; Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle 2
1987 Symphony no. 5, op. 47 Dmitri Shostakovich; Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch 1
1987 Film Music from The Gadfly / Piragov Dmitri Shostakovich; Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 1, 9 & 12 Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 4, 6 & 11 Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 String Quartets nos. 10, 13 & 14 Dmitri Shostakovich; Borodin String Quartet 1
1987 Symphony no. 5 Dmitri Shostakovich; Berliner Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov 1
1987 Trio, Op. 67 / Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 Shostakovich; Stern, Ma, Ax 1
1988 Symphony no. 5 / Five Fragments Dmitri Shostakovich; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
1988 Symphonies nos. 1 & 6 Dmitri Shostakovich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Beethoven: Op. 135 / Schostakowitsch Op. 144 Ludwig van Beethoven, Dimitri Schostakowitsch; Brodsky Quartet 1
1988 Piano Trios Tailleferre, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Roslavets; Clementi-Trio Köln 1
1988 Piano Trios Dvořák, Suk, Shostakovich; Ahn Trio 1
1988 Prokofiev: Symphonie concertante / Shostakovich: Concerto pour violincelle No. 1 Prokofiev, Shostakovich; London Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich 2
1988 Symphony no. 7, the "Leningrad" Dmitri Shostakovich; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 in E-flat, Op. 70 / Suite from Katerina Ismailova / Festive Overture, Op. 96 / Tea for Two, Op. 16 Dmitri Shostakovich; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1988 Symphony No. 10 (USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky) Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович 1
1988 Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93 / Ballet Suite no. 4 Dmitri Shostakovich; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1988 Symphony No. 11, Op. 103 "The Year 1905" (USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky) Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович 1
1988 Symphony no. 14, op. 135 Dmitri Shostakovich; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Elizabeth Holleque, Nikita Storojev 1
1988 Symphony No.11 "The Year 1905" Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович 1
1989 Symphony No. 8 (Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky) (Recorded in Leningrad, USSR, March, 1982) Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович 1
1989 Symphony no. 15 / October / Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes Dmitri Shostakovich; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1989 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15 / Gubaidulina: Rejoice Shostakovich, Gubaidulina; Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, Kim Kashkashian, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1989 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 7 "Leningrad" Dmitri Shostakovich; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein 3
1989 Ballet Suites 1, 2, 3 Dmitri Shostakovich; Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1989 Piano Concerto No.1 / Chamber Symphony / Preludes Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович; Евгений Игоревич Кисин, Владимир Теодорович Спиваков, Виртуозы Москвы 1
1989 Shostakovich / Prokofiev Cello Sonatas Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович, Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1

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