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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 CD
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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, direction
The tenth is a symphony into which many have tempted to read parallels with Shosatkovich's life;the bleak moods of the early stages were conjured before the death of Stalin in 1953,while the finale is an obviously personal celebration of ambiguous liberation.The refreshing thing is that Petrenko treats it as a great symphony in its own right.In one of the fleetest first movements on record,he traces a single melodic line,with a brief deviation into the limping,waltzing secnd subject.This means no slackening,no rhetorical grandiosity even in the shattering central climax,so that song,rather than numb misery,can lead the way.In this Petrenko's RLPO strings and woodwind support him to the hilt.The whrilwind scherzo is hair raising.But it's in Petrenko's Finale that all lines meet:the arching,painful lyricism of th first movement crystallised in the opening oboe solo,the perky Allegro light and airy at first to point up its contrast to the second movement,which duly breaks in as storm clouds gather.The ending is genuinely exultant.Recorded sound is brilliant. Performance ***** Recording **** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'10
There's been no finer account in recent years. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,Jan'11
This series is developing into something really special.These RLPO shostakovich recordings withstand comparisons with some of the greatest performances on disc.A thrilling performance. CD OF THE WEEK **** --Sunday Times,21/11/10
The clarity of playing and definition by the Royal Liverpool Phil,which he(Petrenko)has transformed into a virtuoso orchestra,is mind boggling --The Herald,23/02/11
Top Customer Reviews
The handling of the mysterious opening is perfection, there is much sensitive playing from the RLPO soloists with an excellent dynamic range and well thought - out articulation. The thrilling climax at the centre of this movement is absolutely breathtaking, and the melancholic ending of the movement is just sublime with sensitive playing from the two piccolo solos in particular.
The second movement is given a very energetic performance with impressive virtuosic playing from the RLPO. The anger in the movement is captured exceptionally, making the listening experience all the more exciting.
The sense of tragic mystery in the third movement is caught very well with fantastic handling of Shostakovich's genius hints of the DSCH motto theme.
The woodwinds of the RLPO give astonishing solos in the mysterious opening of the fourth movement, reminiscent of the first movement. This leads into the energetic allegro section with exceptional playing from the RLPO. The climax is astounding, extremely exciting. The brief string section which brings the last bit of melancholy of the symphony after the climax is played so beautifully. After that the ending is in sight and Petrenko really pushes the best out of his orchestra, bringing an exciting, enjoyable finale. After hearing those triumphant last few bars, with the DSCH motto in the timpani, I just wanted to listen to the whole symphony over again!Read more ›
As in earlier issues, Petrenko adopts brisk tempi, and avoids lingering over the more introspective sections, especially in the third movement where he is obedient to the 'Allegretto' marking. His orchestra sustains the sheer momentum of the violent and angry second movement, in which the upper strings, woodwind and side-drummer play with great virtuosity. Nor is this at the expense of subtlety: in the well-judged start of the work, the lower strings emerge from nothing to set the tragic mood that defines most of this symphony.Read more ›
Vasily Petrenko, by now a Shostakovich interpreter to be reckoned with, handles every note to perfection, and what a first-class orchestra the RLPO has become over the last decade! Every instrument group, sounding smooth as silk, shines like a midsummer sunrise and even the subtlest phrasing is in perfect sync. This is praise indeed - but therein, oddly enough, lies also my only real reservation when comparing this recording to others of equal standing.
Many years ago a critic for Gramophone magazine, when reviewing a Mahler recording by Leonard Bernstein, could not help complaining that once more the conductor just simply had to squeeze that last drop of neurotic angst out of the music, and this technique was beginning to feel a bit "over-done". He may have had a point, but once you've grown accustomed to heart-on-sleeve interpretations the "straight-up stuff" tends to come across as just a tiny bit bland (or under-salted, to stay in the technical language of the kitchen), and, to me at least, there was a spot or two in Petrenko's reading that was just a tad too straight forward.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great performance of a great symphony. A must for all Shostakovich lovers.Published 16 months ago by D. Purnell
This is a thrilling account of one of the great symphonies of the Russian composer. It certainly goes right into the league of top-notch recordings of this symphony. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Ali Tigrel
I gave it only four stars because a few weeks prior to ordering it I heard the Symphony No 10 played by the New World Symphony
in Miami... Read more
As well as Barshai's recording, I have compared this with Karajan's later digital one. The new recording sounds marvellous, the playing is electric and I am afraid Karajan has gone... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by Lance Edwards
Never listened to Shostakovich before but heard this on BBC Proms. What a great, varied, lively and moving piece of work.Published on 4 Aug. 2013 by J from Berkshire
An excellent recording and a brilliant interpretation of the symphony. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Were on top form delivering a stunning performance.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Mrs J. M. Kirby
This is the other one that I have bought for Christmas for my Grandaughter she chose it so again
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