• Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, conducting

After Joseph Stalin had died, and after Dmitry Shostakovich’s music had been publicly denounced in his own country for being too abstract in 1948, Shostakovich had finally gathered the courage to write another symphony. With the Tenth Symphony, Shostakovich effectively put his memories of Stalin behind him.

‘My aim was to convey human feelings and passions in this work,’ Shostakovich said of his newly completed Tenth Symphony in 1953.

Ever since Kirill Kondrashin and Bernard Haitink first led performances of Shostakovich’s Symphonies in the late 1970’s, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) has astonished audiences with their level of refinement and involvement in this repertoire. Now, with the tenure of Mariss Jansons, another degree of authenticity is added to this music.

Here is the Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, with Gustavo Dudamel, conducting the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra:



And here is how the Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 sounds with Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker :



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