Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 (1982) Reissue 2006 [Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan]

Published On: 9-08-2015, 04:41

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 (1982) Reissue 2006
Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 5909 | Time: 00:51:43

"Herbert von Karajan's digital recording of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony (the only one of the cycle that he committed to disc) is now issued to mark the Shostakovich centenary in 2006."

"The idea of recording one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, in Karajan, with perhaps the most fascinating of Soviet composers, in Shostakovich, is one of the most exciting prospects in the performance of twentieth century classical music. The idea first became a reality in 1967, when Karajan first recorded the work. This release comes from 1981, and is early in the digital era, so DG's Original Bit Reprocessing is extremely effective in restoring the quality and presence of the performance.

The electrifying Tenth Symphony (1953) is perhaps the composer's greatest work, full of mysterious, shocking and memorable musical ideas. Perhaps the most compelling part of the work is the Stalin-inspired Scherzo, which, in this recording, emerges as one of the most intense movements of the century. The persistent DSCH signature shows this work to almost be auto-biographical, the stoic Shostakovich in perpetual struggle with the enmity of the Stalin phenomenon.

Karajan's reading is magnetic throughout. His own sympathies with the music are clarified by the masterful recording. The Scherzo, I think, can be regarded as the vanguard of the entire work, and the captivation of the 'menace' of Stalin is an absolute requisite if the work's argument is to sound convincing. Unlike a slightly withdrawn and lacklustre performance from the NHK/Ashkenazy collaboration in 2006, Karajan's brass and string sections are so perfectly tuned that the music's inner meaning thunders through to the listener.

An incredible achievement. It remains a pity that Karajan did not explore more of Shostakovich's truly magnificent symphonic canon.

Review by Ryan Kernaghan,

"Perhaps no other orchestra/conductor combo could steamroller the listener quite like the BPO and Karajan. When the music called for sheer force, this combo was hard to beat. And this recording may be one of the two best examples of HvK and the BPO in full cry. (Their Mahler 6th recorded in 1976 is the other.) HvK's earlier 1966 performance of this symphony is faster and leaner, but this performance is more menacing and, to my ears, better-paced, especially in the first two movements. Here the opening Moderato is truly taken at that tempo (many conductors go too fast here, and the music loses much if it's "creeping" quality; the same holds true for the first movement of the Shostakovich Fifth), and the results are magnificent. The scherzo is truly hair-raising; while others, such as Haitink (believe it or not) take the movement much faster, the risk is that by playing it fast you lose some of the *weight,* particularly in the bowing of the strings. Even Karajan's 1966 reading, while faster, lacks the menace of this reading--this performance *weighs* more, and something I think some listeners fail to realize is that power is manifest by more than just speed.

Then we come to what I think are the two most problematic movements in the symphony. Karajan gets the third movement right to my ears; hard to describe, it's a quality of absurdness, of grotesque heroism, something twisted, like a Luis Bunuel film set to music. Then comes an even tougher movement, the "brain-dead" finale, as I like to call it. I cannot imagine a political and musical mind like Shostakovich--always probing, always doubting--serving up his happy-dance finale to be taken at face value. Or, if he did regard the death of Stalin as a triumph, it must have been a shallow triumph, for the tra-la-la music does not convince me. The most convincing reading I've ever heard of this movement belongs to Kurt Sanderling, who, unfortunately, is let down in much of the rest of the symphony by an underpowered orchestra. He catches a certain fey quality in the music that is very hard to put into words, however. I'd have to say, though, without going through my *entire* collection of DSCH 10ths, that Karajan comes in a close second. Again it's the weight in the passages of struggle--Karajan keeps this from being an easy and decisive triumph, and I'm left at the end feeling that the struggle could resume as soon as the recording ends. It's a satisfying ending to a work whose ending rarely satisfies me, and it's a tough job for a conductor. Karajan does well.

There are a few minor flubs that mar the recording. At one or two points in the complex first movement, sections are not quite together--barely noticible in most bands, but unusual for the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of the conductor famed for being a controlmeister. More troublesome, though, is the clarinet solo near the movement's opening. While the tone is apprpriately haunting, one long note is held at half-again its value, a surprising mistake in an orchestra of this caliber. Later in the movement again the clarinet is just not quite as tight as you'd expect. This recording was made in 1982, the year of the controversial appointment of Sabine Meyer, the Philharmonic's first woman. The rest of the orchestra rejected her--players would move their chairs away from her when she would sit down in the woodwind section--and the friction eventually led to Karajan's departure from the orchestra. Perhaps Meyer, who is a superb musician, was just a bit flustered here, assuming this is her. (To my ears it sounds like it is.) Anyway, I'm kind of surprised they didn't fix this in the editing room, especially since the first flaw is so exposed.

These are minor complaints, however. This is a great interpretation. I wouldn't want to also be without Karajan I, Sanderling, Haitink, Mitropoulos and especially the very recently-released dark horse, Frank Shipway with the Royal Philharmonic (forget that he's not a marquee name and the RPO isn't quite a top-flight band sometimes--this is a Shostakovich 10th for the ages; and you should check out their Mahler 5th--even better!), but this belongs in any Shostakovich collection.

Review by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt,


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93:

1. Moderato (22:35)
2. Allegro (04:16)
3. Allegretto (11:44)
4. Andante - Allegro (13:08)

Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 3 from 29. August 2011

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan / Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

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Analyzed: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan / Shostakovich: Symphony No.10

DR Peak RMS Duration Track

DR13 -0.03 dB -19.18 dB 22:35 01-Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93 - 1. Moderato
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