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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 / Glanert: Theatrum bestiarum Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import

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  • Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
  • Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
  • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich, Detlev Glanert
  • Audio CD (December 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B000W7RYO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steen Mencke on February 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Shostakovich 10th has been well served over the years since its first performance in December 1953. At present no less than 120 recordings can be found on Amazon.co.uk, and most of those I have heard have made a compelling case for the music. My favourite for quite some years have been Sir Georg Solti's Chicago recording, which literally leaves one breathless due to its unrelenting tension and brilliant orchestra playing. Interestingly enough Solti always refused to recognize the political undertones so often professed to be included in the music of Shostakovich. He famously claimed in an interview that the scherzo from the 10th symphony was nothing but a lively Cossack dance, and I often wondered how he managed to make such stirring recordings of this music, if he really saw things that way - though Shostakovitch' own remarks on the subject were ambiguous, to say the least.

Bychkov - himself a Russian, born in Leningrad, and an emigré of the Russia of Bresjnev - understandibly sees things in a different light, and his Shostakovich is an often less than pretty picture (symphony No. 4 especially!) - harsh and unforgiving as the time in which the composer spent most of his life. His recording of the 10th clearly accepts the views put forward in Volkov's "Testimony" about the symphony, and his interpretation leaves one with an unusually clear impression of the oppressive climate of the dictator state (first movement), Stalin - incensed and insane - trampling friend and foe alike (second movement), the emasculated and depressive but still defiant composer (third movement), and the irrepressible joy at the death of the tormentor (fourth movement).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've tried to remain optimistic about Semyon Bychkov, who made such a brilliant start twenty years ago, but recordings like this are thankless. The once brilliant and dynamic newcomer who shot out of the gate with the Berlin Phil. and the Orchestre de Paris seems stuck in middle age. His WDR orchestra in Cologne is good but by no means brilliant, and here in Shostakovich's eloquent Tenth Sym., Bychkov does nothing to fire them up. He proceeds with care and good taste, two minor virtues that this potentially great work doesn't need. I say potentially because much of the anguish and mystery in Shostakovich's music depends upon the interpreter. Under Mravinsky, Karajan, and Stokowski, the Tenth is a searing work, and all three find ways to bolster the somewhat flimsy finale, which often seems anticlimactic after the cathartic first movement and biting Scherzo.

Bychkov doesn't seem to realize that there's much potential in the score beyond what the notes on the page tell him. I can't imagine hearing this good-enough reading more than once, despite the excellent recorded sound. My memories of a young firebrand are quickly fading.
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