Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed in 1989 and now owned by Phoenix Music International. Featuring recordings from renowned London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Consort of London, Collins Classics' catalogue covers a wide range of musical works from Bach to Britten and Shostakovich to Sibelius. The label’s 130 albums form a small yet important part of recorded music history.
Picture yourself on a cold November evening in 1930s Leningrad. November 21st 1937; to be precise. The bitter wind bites at your skin whilst snow falls in a cascade of ethereal beauty. It’s the night of Dmitri Shostakovich’s return to musical extolment and all is resting upon his newest work, Symphony No.5 in D Minor. As Yevgeny Mravinsky lifts the baton, he lifts with it the weight of Russia. With the Soviet regime reaching an unprecedented level of power, it’s more than jus