Symphonies Nos 3 & 10
Valery Gergiev conductor
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus
Total duration 80m23s
Catalogue number MAR0511
Recorded in February 2009 & June 2010 at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
Sung in Russian. Libretto in Russian & English
James Mallinson producer
Classic Sound Ltd editing & mastering
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd audio editors
Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
Editor's Choice 'This superbly recorded disc remains, for me at least, one of the few indispensable Shostakovich CDs of recent years' Gramophone
Performance ***** (No 3) **** (No 10) Recording **** 'Gergiev works wonders with the Third... wonderfully expressive woodwind playing.'
BBC Music Magazine
****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 [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
'Gergiev consigue una excelente Décima. (Gergiev achieves an excellent interpretation of the 10th symphony.)' Scherzo
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 Stalin's death earlier that year, 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".