- Evgeny Mravinsky Collection
- Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 - Evgeny Mravinsky Leningrad Philharmonic
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I have several recorded 10ths (including Jarvi, Ormandy, and Haitink), and each has something to commend it. Mravinsky's is the whole package, perhaps because he could identify with what drove Shostakovich to write it. Ensemble playing is tight and focused, and Melodiya's sonics capture the live performance exceedingly well. My go-to for this work.
The great Mravinsky and his Leningraders had a special unique way with Shostakovich, This is a dark, searing reading, played with passion and depth. So, 5 stars for the music. But, as one might well have expected, 1 star for the shrieking and unpleasant Melodiya sound. So I have averaged both scores to give the final rating.
Inspiration performance of an extraordinary piece. Recording quality is what you would expect from the source and the period, but can't diminish the value of such an engrossing musical experience.
As usual with HDTT this remastering of a great performance somewhat dingy-sounding in earlier expressions comes up fresh, lush, and more transparent than ever.
Title: The Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93)
Artist(s): Evgeny Mravinsky Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording Info: Recorded by Meloydia Live at the Grand Hall of Leningrad Philharmonic
Transferred from a 15ips tape
1. Moderato 22:01
2. Allegro 4:00
3. Allegretto 10:55
4. Andante. Allegro 11:14