Hi Allyn. It was good to see this topic resuscitated. A section of the second movement of Shostakovich's 11th is a high point in symphonic excitement. It depicts the slaughter of protesters on Jan 9 of 1905 by the czar's troops. I think that bloody scene, or one much like it, was portrayed in Dr Zhivago. The Shostakovich symphonies that I enjoy entirely are # 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, especially 5 & 10. As for particular performances, I don't have any special recommendations.<BR>Nundruck, you started a great topic, and will go broke before you collect all the winners suggested. However, if you are independently wealthy, with nothing but time on your hands, you might add the following to your list: Walton's Sym #1, Vaughan-Williams's Sym #2, Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony. Can it be that nobody previously mentioned Tchaikovsky???