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Shostakovitch Sym 10
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Audio CD, Audiobook, Hybrid SACD - DSD, 11 June 2013
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 15.6 x 13.89 x 0.99 cm; 106.03 Grams
- Manufacturer : RCO
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Label : RCO
- ASIN : B00BWJ078S
- Number of discs : 1
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"My aim was to convey human feelings and passions in this work," Shostakovich said of his newly completed Symphony No.10 in 1953. And it is clear exactly what it was that he wanted to relate: Stalin was dead, and after his music had been publicly denounced for being too abstract in 1948, Shostakovich had finally plucked up the courage to write another symphony. Ever since Kirill Kondrashin and Bernard Haitink first led performances of Shostakovich's symphonies in the late 1970s, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has astonished listeners with their level of refinement and involvement in this repertoire. With the tenure of Mariss Janson's, a degree of authenticity is added; like Kondrashin before him, Janson's has experienced himself what it is like to work under Soviet conditions. Following the award winning RCO Live release of his interpretation of Shostakovich's seventh symphony, Janson's's take on the composer's tenth adds another benchmark performance to the orchestra's discography.
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Oui l'orchestre du ConcertGebouw est une belle machine et Mariss Jansons un des meilleurs chefs de notre temps...
L'interprétation ne m'a pas scotchée. Il s'agit d'une belle version luxueuse mais sans l'âpreté que lui donnaient K Sanderling voire même plus étonnamment H v Karajan sans parler bien sûr des références russes de Kondrachine ou Mravinsky.
Qualité de la restitution sonore: Elle est globalement meilleure que celle de nos deux russes mais en net retrait par rapport à celle de Kurt Sanderling
Je sais que je vais encore déplaire en disant que je m'étonne qu'on ne parvienne pas aujourd'hui à mieux enregistrer qu'on ne le faisait à l'époque de l'enregistrement analogique:
Oui le SACD est un support superlatif, là n'est pas la question. Mais les enregistrements qui rendent le mieux sur ce support sont ceux d'avant l'ère numérique.
Est ce parce que le digital donne au producteur de disque l'illusion de pouvoir accumuler les filtres sans détérioration que les ingénieurs en usent et abusent?
On multiplie les pistes, on nettoie les bruits, rajoute de la réverbération, améliore l'enveloppe etc.
Au final les instruments paraissent plus maigres (sans leur vraie volume, ni leur caisse en bois) que dans les meilleures prises de son analogique faite avec un nombre de micro raisonnable (3 dans l'idéal, plus éventuellement quelques rares appoints pour l'arrière de l'orchestre si besoin)
Donc Oui , mais ...
In the late seventies it was Kondrashin and Haitink that led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra into the venue of recording more intensively and performing the Shostakovitch symphonies - and still, in later years, (2008 to 2010) with advanced recording technology, the RCO presented us with an astonishing reading of Shostakovitch Symphony No. 7 with Jansons, and Symphony No. 15 with Bernard Haiting.
The recording at hand of the symphony No. 10 conducted by Mariss Jansons was made in 2009 and released only now, (four years later) sonically it is a spectacular achievement with a real almost frightening dynamics and realism of sound reminiscent of attending the concert itself and having the sit at one of the front rows close to the orchestra (refer here to the SACD multichannel layer with playback auditioning on a large playback system in a large listening space).
It has just a bit more "body" to the sound compared with the 2010 recording of the Symphony No. 15 (SACD) conducted by Haitink, itself a recording with sonic effort that possesses some of the most rare of "ethereal" tone properties ever captured in a recording.
This 10th symphony SACD recording at hand has a bit more transparency and "directness" of sound compared to M. Jansons 2008 (SACD) of the Shostakovich symphony No. 7 (which by itself is an award winning RCO-Live release).
And compared with the Karajan DGG recordings, this fresh recording with all the advanced technology makes the Karajan and to an extent his reading on both DGG recordings somewhat shell I say, boring?, and st times slower to capture the intensity this RCO recording possesses (most notably with the second and the fourth movements).
So, sonically and interpretation wise, this SACD RCO recording of the symphony No. 10 bridges the gape between the superlative 15th and the 7th, and plucks the best sonic properties from either, and ranks higher than the obsolete Karajan DGG recording.
The interpretation enjoys the obvious "permanent status" of conductor Jansons now a long associate with the RCO, and with an added degree of authenticity to the reading that comes with that status.
No doubt that this SACD recording with the RCO-Live rises to a benchmark status of this Shostakovich symphony - culturally, interpretation-wise, and certainly sonically-wise.
(Note: Play time is just over the 53 minuets.
Also note that it is wise to compare various offering of this item from other Amazon affiliates, and to scan the internet for the best deal: It has long been on my mind, that top sellers might be engaged in a Cartel formation where SACD and Blu-ray prices are concerned.
My copy was acquired, sealed-new, for about one-third less of the presently lowest asking price on the Amazon pages...)