© 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2008 BBC
Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 28 August 1986
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Total playing time: 55:00
Booklet text in English
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Released September 2008

CD: Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10

LPO conducted by Bernard Haitink

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

Bernard Haitink conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Nolan leader
Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony was first performed shortly after Stalin’s death in 1953. This was the first of his works to be completed without the restraints of strict Communist artistic control hanging over him. A dark and tragic tone is projected throughout the Symphony, and the distinct contrasts create a dramatic and intense work. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the 1986 BBC Proms, Bernard Haitink and the London Philharmonic Orchestra give a compelling account of this monumental symphony.
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'Haitink’s long-term vision of the music’s organic development comes across compellingly in this live recording. While there are distinct contrasts between the propulsive scherzo, the ghostly dance of the third movement and the inexorable force of the first movement and finale, the thread of the argument is sustained with probing power.’
Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2008

‘Taut and controlled in the first movement, wonderfully introspective in the third movement Allegretto and the introduction to the finale.’
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, August 2008

‘Bernard Haitink, who is known for his special affinity with Shostakovich, presents a gripping interpretation of his Tenth. Compelling from the outset, Haitink drives it to a heady climax.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo, 30 October 2008

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra manages to communicate an edge-of-seat tension that transcends national style, and sounds more energetic and intuitive than the Chicagoans, who fail to make a case for the Fourth as Shostakovich’s most ambitious symphony.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 15 November 2008

‘If you are in the market for only the most complete Tenth Symphony experience, my judgement has to go with the new Haitink.’
Graeme Downes, DSCH Journal, July 2009

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