In the wake of his Naxos recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 (8.572392), hailed as 'yet another Petrenko performance to join the greats' (BBC Music magazine), comes this much-anticipated interpretation of Shostakovich's massive Symphony No. 10, which ranks among his most important and consistently popular works. Branded with his musical monogram DSCH, it embarks on a profoundly personal journey from fearful brooding to thunderous triumph. In 2010 Vasily Petrenko was named Male Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards, a testament to his galvanizing achievements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Since winning Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year Award in 2007, the Russian conductor has been credited with transforming the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His Shostakovich recordings for Naxos in particular have attracted significant critical attention. 'Petrenko's Shostakovich cycle goes from strength to strength,' noted David Fanning. His account of the Tenth Symphony was nothing other than 'profound and passionate'. Petrenko's ability to negotiate the physical demands of the Tenth, as well as his instinct for pacing, left DJF little choice but to declare that 'if there has been a finer account of the Tenth in recent years, I confess I must have missed it'. --Gramophone, Awards Issue 2011