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Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Sir Georg Solti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953; USSR
Date of Recording: 10/1990
Venue: Orchestra Hall, Chicago
Length: 49 Minutes 58 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A 5 Star releasefrom the Windy City March 13, 2015
By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews
"03-12-2015 Somehow, I deleated this entire review, so I will start over. This London recording was made in Orchestra Hall in November of 1990 with the Great CSO under Sir George Solti's command and along with his 13th, "Babi Yar," he had just begun to explore this great Symphonist with his own death just a few years away. oh, how I wish he had started earlier!!! The 10th runs a stellar 49:58, and was composed entirely after the death of Stalin, in March of 1953. The premiere was led by Mravinsky and the composer was a age 47 at the time. ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS I first heard this masterpiece while in college for Nuclear Medicine Technology back in the late 80's to 1990. Former MD for the Indianapolis Sym., John Nelson, led that evening and I was hooked!!! I especially admired the opening movement and that wild Stalinist portrait in the Allegro (scherzo). Solti drives his charges relentlessly only to slam on the brakes for the Allegretto 3rd movement. I was to learn than these unusual tempi, with just the right mix of ominous tones and that sort of disjointed, almost stumbling rhythm that held my attention so well over 25 years ago. As the very small but valuable booklet states, much of the slower music in this long work occurs in the opening movement of nearly 21 and 1/2 minutes, the "Moderato." This is the work with introduces the motif DSCH, sounded out of the orchestra as the keys D, E Flat, C and B natural. I have other 10ths in my collections, as from Haitink and the brilliant young, Vasily Petrenko, a rising star in the world of the podium. But this Solti/CSO is well worth collecting from a maestro who never hid his admiration for the composer. And, it shows here nicely. Best wishes, happy listening and God bless you, all. Tony. AMCDG!!"