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_Mariinsky Label: Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 3 & 10

MAR0511 SACD

Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 3 & 10

Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 3 & 10

 

5 years of the Mariinsky label

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Valery Gergiev conductor

Editor's Choice
Gramophone (UK)

Performance ***** (No.3) **** (No.10) Recording ****

‘Gergiev works wonders with the Third ... wonderfully expressive woodwind playing’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

****1/2 ‘A winning Shostakovich disc from Gergiev and the Mariinsky ... this is a very fine performance of the Tenth and probably as good
a performance of the negligible Third as you’re likely to hear ...
certainly among the best in SACD’ Audiophile Audition (US)

The Third Symphony was first performed in January 1930, its final movement setting a text by Semyon Isaakovich Kirsanov praising May Day and the revolution. Shostakovich stated that the work “expresses the spirit of peaceful reconstruction” and yet much of the music is dark and sombre in tone.

The Tenth Symphony is one of his most popular and frequently heard works. It was first performed in December 1953 following the death earlier that year of Stalin, although Shostakovich had been working on much of the material incorporated in the symphony for many years. The great Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya claimed that the symphony was “a composer’s testament of misery, forever damning a tyrant.”


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Reviews

Editor's Choice Gramophone (UK)

Performance ***** (No.3) **** (No.10) Recording ****

‘Gergiev works wonders with the Third ... wonderfully expressive woodwind playing’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

****1/2 ‘A winning Shostakovich disc from Gergiev and the Mariinsky ... this is a very fine performance of the Tenth and probably as good a performance of the negligible Third as you’re likely to hear ... Gergiev’s performance maps the eventful contours of this work [Shostakovich: Symphony No 10] with great sensitivity. The melancholy first movement unfolds with a palpable sense of dread and sorrow, the second movement crackles with violent energy, and the third has all the sardonic wit of Mahler’s night-music interludes. The last movement builds to its wild celebratory final pages with the proper sense of inevitability. Throughout, the Mariinsky players give their all, fired up no doubt by the presence of a live audience. This is a very, very fine Tenth Symphony, certainly among the best in SACD' Audiophile Audition (US)

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes, John Newton, Mark Donahue & Dirk Sobotka engineers
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd audio editors

Recorded February 2009 & June 2010, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English, French and German.
Symphony No 3 sung in Russian. Libretto in Russian and English.

Catalogue number - MAR0511
UPC - 822231851127

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