- Audio CD (15 April 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Essential Classics
- ASIN: B000024XAS
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
My personal view is that this performance of the 10th is adequate rather than outstanding - nothing I can put my finger on, because its perfectly well played. I'm just left with the thought "so what's your point?" No real complaint, just no great desire to hear it again. Three stars for an adequate performance, no more. (That said, much more expert listeners than I rate it highly - you may want to trust their judgement!)
The 4th is another matter - from the opening bars it has five stars written all over it. This is an outstanding performance - intense, biting, lyrical, farcical and anguished in turn. Ormandy here perfectly captures the disturbing, profoundly subversive quality that for me is at the heart of Shostakovich's Symphonies. Outstanding.
Overall, this coupling represents excellent value - the 4th alone is worth full price.