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MA 0511

Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos 3 & 10

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre


Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Threatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Feb 2009 & June 2010


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

Mark Donahue

Dirk Sobotka

John Newton

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 80:23
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Symphony No.3

1 I Allegretto 14:32
2 II Allegro 9:57
3 III Moderato: 'On The Very First May Day' 4:07
  * Sung in Russian Libretto in Russian & English  

Symphony No.10

4 I Moderato 22:52
5 II Allegro 4:26
6 III Allegretto 11:32
7 IV Andante - Allegro 12:57

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 the death earlier that year of Stalin, 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.”

"...Gergiev achieves an excellent interpretation of the 10th symphony’..."

Scherzo (Spain)

           "Editors Choice"

Gramophone  - 31 May 2011

Performance ***** (No.3) **** (No.10) Recording ****

"Gergiev works wonders with the Third… wonderfully expressive woodwind playing"

BBC Music Magazine - 12 May 2011

 "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 [Shostakovich: 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"    ****½

Audiophile Audition (US) - 18 May 2011

"Editors Choice’

"...Gergiev’s superb, tight-reined interpretation holds its own with the best."  *****

Malcolm Hayes - Classic FM Magazine - July 2011

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