- Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Conductor: George Solti
- Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
- Audio CD (April 14, 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: London / Decca
- ASIN: B00000E4W1
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
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I disagree slightly with those who think the Tenth is Shostakovich's greatest symphony; it is *one* of his greatest, but there are others that are its equal. But it is easy to see why this remains a favorite, since it contains many powerful sequences.
Solti's version of the second "Allegro" is stunning. This four-minute display of orchestral virtuosity almost never fails to impress, and one can almost forgive Sir Georg if one feels a bit bludgeoned afterward; the playing is at such a high level, and the excitement generated is almost palpable. If ultimately Solti does not reveal some of the deeper emotions in the score (such as Karajan, who recorded this piece twice), this is nevertheless a marvelous recording, showing the conductor in peak form during his last years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Decca's sound is very good, considering that this is a live recording. The bass is a bit over-prominent, but not unlistenable. Those who are fans of Solti or the great orchestra, or those who like their Shostakovich played with maximum steeliness should relish this disc.
This is a live recording, but don't fret--not too much audience noise and no obvious mistakes from this fantastic orchestra. The energy is palpable and you get a keen sense of Solti's greatest gift--his sense of structure and timing.
I never tire of hearing this performance and found myself addicted to it for months, during which I must have listened to it more than 50 times. This is a Shostakovich 10 to listen to and love. Enjoy.
Regardless of it's formidable length, it held my attention wonderfully, as my minor in school was History/Political Science, a good contrast to Chemistry, Physics and Physiology. .
This performance is by the CSO/Solti and runs a trim 49:58, but seldom feels rushed.
The CSO plays powerfully and also gently when indicated as Sir George felt that this composer was one of the current century's greatest writer, along side Bartok, and Stravinsky. To me, DS is heads and shoulders above his companions, in every genre I've yet explored. His Symphonies and string quartets are amazingly real, and in depth. If you like, a film, "Testimony,"( 1988, based on memoirs dictated to Solomon Volkov) starring Sir Ben Kingsley is a very effective portrait of the man and his times and with gobs of music, led by Rudolph Barshai, it paints a reasonably accurate picture of this genius and his tribulations against the State. Some critics claim it has too many discrepancies, but I'm not so sure. Either way, the general mood and tenor of those years are nicely captured, but other sources perhaps more exact, likely exist to research.
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The first movement is dramatic and well paced; the second is taken slower than many recordings but does retain the menacing quality of Shostakovich's portrait of Stalin. Tempo wise, Mravinsky is preferable here with his quick pace, however, speed is only part of the equation in music. The recording made by Maxim Shostakovich with the London Symphony (issued on Collins around the same time as the Solti) was quite a bit slower (at 59 minutes) than most performances of the Tenth. This recording may not work well for everyone but it is a viable alternative reading.
The third movement builds nicely to a dramatic conclusion; the finale is well played and exciting. The Solti recording tends to follow the composer's tempo markings closer. I have read criticism of the recording that the percussion is too loud and the strings sound unfocused. I cannot agree. The performance was recorded at Orchestra Hall, which can produce a dry sound depending on the engineers. The CSO sounds excellent and what I liked about this recording was the attention to phrasing and color. For the sheer drama and relentless drive of the music, I prefer Yevgeny Mravinsky, Kirl Kondrashin and Herbert von Karajan but the Solti performance is a good one and an interesting reading of the score.
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I bought this recording, having already heard Solti's recordings of the 8th, 13th, and 15th Symphonies, not withstanding my caution after reading Santa Fe's thoughtfully worded... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by David Phipps
Package arrived today and I am very happy. CD was in terrific condition and wrapped with all the personal touches that make dealing with a vendor ideal. Thank you so much. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by macsmyliving
I own a few other recordings of this piece: Karajan (overrated IMO), Haitink (not bad), Mravinsky (fine example why government-made appointment is not a good thing). Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Erez Katz
While Solti may not be the best interpreter of Shostakovich ( as he himself admitted, when at one of his last concerts with the CSO, he turned to the audience and reportedly said... Read morePublished on January 24, 2006