Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 / Svetlanov

> Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - I. Moderato
> Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - II. Allegro
> Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - III. Allegretto
> Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 - IV. Andante - Allegro
> The Snow Maiden, Op. 12 - Melodrama: Andantino, quasi Allegretto
> Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite - I. Prelude: A Hymn to Nature
> Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite - III. Battle of Kershenets

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Snow Maiden Suite
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Evgeny Svetlanov was one of the greatest Russian conducts of the 20th century. The principal conductor fo the USSR State Symphony Orchestra from 1965-2000, Svetlanov was a familiar figure in London, France and Japan. In this special BBC Legacy recording are three never before released performances from 1968.

MusicWeb International
the martial second movement as lacerating as I've ever heard it; indeed, this music can so easily be heard as a grim accompaniment to the newsreel footage of the day... .the sheer guts and cathartic power of this performance silence all criticism, the hardy Prommers - not easily won over - responding with cheers and applause.

ConcertoNet.com
Svetlanov gives unity in the first movement, which sounds like a series of tragic episodes, making this a pantomime Moderato of the devastation: the screaming string-like those of a martyred people-are cries of pain more than tutti, phrasing and brutally interrupted lonely are those little souls lost in the immensity of the world, the woods are the color of despair and sinister drama, the flute whistles to death and crime, the trumpets to feverish power, so characteristic of Soviet orchestras to-do hair stand on end. In reality, all face the struggle and suffering in this interpretation: since the syncopations of the Allegro (which is, in four minutes and twenty seconds, the rate of dementia organized) to the frescoes of the last two contrasting movements (pizzicato as legs of hooves on a battlefield in the Allegretto, strafing the pace of the danse macabre of the peasants in the concluding Allegro ...). Svetlanov leads all the desks in a maelstrom of blood and earth.

Gramophone
[Svetlanov] always played the quiet opening of the movement with surprising poetry and finesse, and certainly brings the house down thereafter.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (08/1968).



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1953.
  • Running Time: 50 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Snow Maiden Suite :: Melodrama
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh :: Hymn to Nature
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh :: The Battle of Kerzhenets
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907