Shot at the prestigious Verbier Festival of classical music in the Swiss Alps, this classical performance film finds Russian-born maestro Yuri Temirkanov leading the 100-piece Verbier Festival Orchestra in an interpretation of Dmitry Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10, Op. 93." The performance at hand was filmed on July 23, 2009. See more details below
Shot at the prestigious Verbier Festival of classical music in the Swiss Alps, this classical performance film finds Russian-born maestro Yuri Temirkanov leading the 100-piece Verbier Festival Orchestra in an interpretation of Dmitry Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10, Op. 93." The performance at hand was filmed on July 23, 2009.
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According to Alexander Solzhenitsyn it was a cold, blustery day in March 1953 when the guards summoned him and his fellow political prisoners for a solemn announcement: fearless leader Josef Stalin was dead. To the horror of the guards, the prisoners threw their caps in the air and cheered wildly. Similarly, Dmitri Shostakovich "celebrated" the monster's death with his harrowing, yet cautiously triumphant Symphony No. 10. Had Stalin not been poisoned, he might have died of shame upon hearing Shostakovich's musical indictment. Like his 11th Symphony, this is a bracing, cinematic depiction of historic events, although the program is considerably less explicit. The menacing, violent second movement (scherzo) clearly serves as a portrait of the evil dictator himself. Meanwhile, the third movement and finale-with their prominent use of the Shostakovich's motto theme D-S-C-H (D, E-flat, C, B in the German musical system)-detail the impact of Stalin's policies on the composer himself. Conductor Temirkanov paints each scene vividly with bold primary colors, crisp, slashing attacks, and strongly contrasting tempos. This remarkable ensemble of 100 or so young artists (ages 17-29) from across the globe plays splendidly. Although not as polished as the world's greatest orchestras, they nonetheless perform with a freshness and vitality that their older colleagues can rarely muster. What a shame that the names of these extraordinary players have been omitted from the booklet. We will undoubtedly be hearing from many of them again in the near future-especially the concertmaster, woodwinds, principal horn, and timpanist. Temirkanov supports his young charges splendidly at every turn. Although he does not use a baton, his intentions are always crystal clear. He prepares his players for each major entrance by looking at them well before giving them their cues. When he notices the players' frowns after the whirlwind scherzo, he first glowers back at them. Then he lifts the corners of his mouth with his index fingers, and everyone smiles in response. Indeed, watching Temirkanov at work makes me wish I had been gifted enough to play for him. The video is crisp and cleverly edited, making effective use of dissolves and split-screen techniques. The audio is warm and richly detailed. Overall, this disc is an excellent video supplement to the classic Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra CD of this gripping masterwork.