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SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No.10
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Svetlanov
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 21 AUGUST 1968
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Snow Maiden Suite – Melodrama
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 22 AUGUST 1968
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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Invisible City of Kitezh
– Hymn to Nature
– Tartar Invasion & Battle of Kerzhenets
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Svetlanov
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 30 AUGUST 1968

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These performances have never been issued before on CD. Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 was given on 21 August 1968, the very night that Soviet tanks invaded Czechoslovakia in a concentrated effort to halt Dubcek's political reforms. The atmosphere in the Albert Hall, as can heard from the shouts of protest, was electric and very tense but after the first few bars, the disruption was finally drowned out and Svetlanov, according to those present, then went on to give the performance of his life. Svetlanov's widow, on hearing this CD, said that the performance brought tears to her eyes and the emotion of that evening came across vividly. Two short bonus titles have been added - Tchaikovsky's 'Melodrama' from The Snow Maiden and two excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's Invisible City of Kitezh reflecting the historic three concerts Svetlanov and his orchestra gave in London at the August 1968 Proms. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall perfectly.

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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH 1906–1975

 

Symphony No.10 in E minor op.93

1 I           Moderato                                                                          22.44

2 II          Allegro                                                                                 4.23

3 III         Allegretto                                                                           11.57

4 IV        Andante – Allegro                                                          11.37

 

BONUS

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893

 

5 Snow Maiden Suite – Melodrama                                       2.56

 

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV 1844–1908

 

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

6 Hymn to Nature                                                                           4.35

7 The Battle of Kerzhenets                                                         3.49

 

USSR State Symphony Orchestra

EVGENY SVETLANOV

 

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 21 August 1968 (Shostakovich)

22 August 1968 (Tchaikovsky) & 30 August 1968 (Rimsky-Korsakov)

Shostakovich- Symphony No.10 2nd Mov

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“It has aptly been described as the performance of Svetlanov’s lifetime.”

MusicWeb International

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “This is a must hear.”

    Concerto.net

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony envolves into a performance of grinding and breathtaking intensity: I [Nigel Simeone] am not sure that I've ever heard the last few minutes of the finale played with quite such incendiary force, greeted with cheers that nearly blow the roof off the Royal Albert Hall.”

      International Record Review

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        Martin Kendrick
        08/Aug/2013

        “On the day Czechoslovakia was invaded in 1968, the USSR State Orchestra played at the Albert Hall. A noisy demonstration greeted their appearance but, undeterred, conductor Evgeny Svetlanov draws from his players an interpretation of blazing intensity.”

        Sunday Telegraph

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