The disc cover reads on the beauty of the symphony, the breathtaking musical contrasts of its movements, and the brilliance of its young conductor, Vasily Petrenko:'Shostakovich monumental symphony No.10 ranks among his finest works. From the bleak introspection of the extended opening movement, through the graphic evocation of violence in the explosive Allegro, and the eerie dance-like Alegretto alternating between dark and light, to the final movement's dramatic climax, this is a work of breathtaking musical contrasts. In 2010 Vasily Petrenko was named Male Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards. His Naxos recording of Shostakovich No.8, was hailed as 'yet another Petrenko performance to join the greats' (BBC Music Magazine).'
I listened to the symphony truly spellbound by what seemed to be a benign conspiracy namely the beauty of the symphony, the brilliance of conducting, the excellence of the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra, and the crystalline clear quality of the sound;the Naxos label is inexpensive only in price because the quality of the sound compares favourably with supposedly more prestigious labels.
Incidentally I also have in my disc collection Shostakovich Symphony No.11 'The Year 1905', Shostakovich Symphonies 5&9, and Shostakovich Symphony No.8 all with the same young and brilliant conductor, orchestra, and the Naxos label and all truly excellent and strongly recommended.