It took Shostakovich over two years to write his 4th Symphony. Following its first performance, Stalin himself ordered that the composition, which until then had met with enthusiastic acclaim, be condemned in the Pravda newspaper. Roman Kofman and the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn have recorded this work as Vol. 8 of their complete Shostakovich Symphony Cycle on this MDG SACD. Once again demonstrating the brilliance that we have come to expect from them.