Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93


Gramophone Awards 2011

Best of Category - Orchestral

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2011

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - December 2010



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1st Nov 2010




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Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 10 ranks among his finest works.

From the bleak introspection of the extended opening movement, through the graphic evocation of violence in the explosive Allegro, and the eerie dance-like Allegretto alternating between dark and light, to the final movement’s dramatic climax, this is a work of breathtaking musical contrasts.

In 2010 Vasily Petrenko was named Male Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards.

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

I. Moderato

II. Allegro

III. Allegretto

IV. Andante - Allegro

BBC Music Magazine

December 2010


“The Tenth is a symphony into which many have been tempted to read parallels with Shostakovich's life...The refreshing thing is that Petrenko treats it as a great symphony in its own right...All dynamics and metronome marks are scrupulously observed, but details never impede the progress of this rippling, human tragedy.”

Financial Times

5th November 2010

“The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s version boasts both finesse and splenetic attack”

The Telegraph

5th November 2010


“Petrenko and the RLPO have achieved a triumph. The orchestral playing is ripe, detailed, lithe, concentrated and intense. Petrenko has full measure not only of the symphony’s overarching architecture but also of the individual facets that make it such a fascinating conundrum.”

Sunday Times

21st November 2010


“Petrenko’s masterly performance builds inexorably from the ruminating brooding of the low strings and lamenting wind solos to the most shattering climax, as the full orchestra erupts in howls of anguish and rage. His whipcrack tempo for the scherzo is one of the most menacing I can recall...A thrilling performance.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2011

“Petrenko's Shostakovich cycle goes from strength to strength...[his] instinct for pacing enables the power of Shostakovich's symphonic design to register to maximum effect. If there has been a finer account of the Tenth in recent years, I confess I must have missed it.”

Classic FM Magazine

January 2011


“Petrenko shapes the long first movement - nearly 23 minutes - very well, paying close attention to phrasing and emphases...The orchestra plays for all its worth at the climaxes...The 'Stalin' Allegro is as brutal as you will find anywhere, and there's plenty of excitement and wit in the Finale.”

International Record Review

December 2010

“Petrenko and his band show us that the music has greater timbral interest than we often imagine...there's barely a page of the symphony where we don't hear some telling orchestral detail...Solo work is subtle throughout, especially in the symphony's more introverted passages.”

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